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Issue 129 | 26 November – 10 December 2012


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IN THIS ISSUE Getting to Lombok Attractions & Actitvities Lombok Map Special Feature Senggigi Senggigi Map What’s Hot/ Local News Local News Special Feature Local Scene Mr Fixer Classifieds Discount Vouchers In Good Taste Local News Your Say Local News The Cities Cities Map The Southwest Kuta & The South Special Feature South Coast Map Distribution Useful Contacts The Gilis Gilis Fast Facts Getting to the Gilis Gilis Map

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HARMONY IN LOMBOK! Our cover photo this issue shows the magical scene at Lake Segara Anak on Mt Rinjani when hundreds of people gathered on the volcano to pray for peace and harmony at Lombok’s unique Mulang Pekelem ceremony.

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Garuda Airlines flies between Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Lombok every day, with a short stop-over in Jakarta. It’s easy to get to Lombok from Bali – flight time is only 25 minutes Call Centre: 0 80 418 07807. Airport: +62 370 649100. and fares start from around Rp 300,000 (approx. US $33) one way. Buy tickets direct from the airline counters at the domestic airports, DOMESTIC FLIGHTS or contact local travel agents, in both Bali and Lombok. European connections are easy via Jakarta (the capital city of Lombok International Airport (or Bandara Internasional Lombok, Java) or Bali. Direct flights from Jakarta to Lombok are available commonly abbreviated to BIL) is the only airport on Lombok. The every day and are usually timed to connect with European flights. airport is close to Praya (Central Lombok); approximately 40km Lombok is easily accessible from Jakarta, Bali, Jogjakarta and south of the city of Mataram, and around 1 ½ hours’ drive from Surabaya and is an important connection for travel to the eastern Senggigi, and 25 minutes from Kuta. islands, in particular Sumbawa, Komodo and Flores. Airport departure tax is Rp 25,000 for domestic departures and Rp Garuda Indonesia has direct flights between Lombok, Bali, 100,000 for international departures. Surabaya, Makassar and Jakarta every day, Call Centre: 0 804 1


In Lombok, flights depart and arrive at Lombok International Airport. In Bali, flights arrive and depart at Ngurah Rai (Denpasar) Domestic Airport. Garuda Airlines has direct flights between Lombok, Bali and Jakarta every day, Call Centre: 0 804 1 807 807, Sales Office: +62 370-642303, 649999.

807 807, Sales Office : +62 370 642303, 649999. Lion Air has daily flights between Lombok, Bali, Jakarta and Surabaya. Ph: +62 370 664009. Merpati Airlines has flights available between Lombok, Bali, Bima, Dili, Bandung, Flores and Kupang. Lombok, ph: +62 370 621111.

Trans Nusa Air flies between Lombok, Sumbawa and Bima once Merpati Airlines flies direct between Bali and Lombok four times a a day. Lombok, ph: +62 370 624555. day. Lombok, ph: +62 370 621111, Airport: +62 370 633637 / +62 Batavia Air has flights between Lombok, Surabaya and Jakarta 87864253577. Bali, ph: +62 361 420999. every day. Lombok, +62 804 1 222 888 / +62 21 38 999 888. Trans Nusa Air operates two flights between Bali and Lombok daily. Lombok, ph: +62 370 624555. Bali, ph: +62 361 8477395. Sky Aviation offers flights to remote and difficult to get to destinations, including Labuhan Bajo on Flores, Batam, Lion Air flies between Bali and Lombok with three flights daily. Pekanbaru, Jambi and more. Ph: +62 370 630787 or see their The company share-codes with Wings Air, so you may purchase a website for full details. Lion Air ticket and find yourself on a Wings Air flight! Lombok, Call BALI TO LOMBOK BY SEA Centre: +62 80 4177 8899. Bali, ph: +62 361 765132. www.lionair. Padang Bai Harbour (Bali) provides the sea link between mainland Bali and Lombok. Lembar Harbour (Lombok) is on the southwest Sky Aviation operates morning and afternoon flights between coast, approx. 1 hour south of Senggigi, Lombok. Bali and Lombok every day. The company also offers private Arrange your own transport and buy tickets direct from the charter flights between the islands, as well as other destinations throughout Indonesia. Lombok, ph: +62 370 630 787. Bali, ph: +62 harbours, or use a reputable tour company to provide a transfer service. 361 936 8320. Public Ferries depart every hour for the sea voyage between INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS Padang Bai Harbour (Bali) and Lembar Harbour (Lombok). Lombok International Airport (IATA: LOP) has full Visa on Arrival The crossing between the islands costs Rp 36,000 per person and facilities, with fast and efficient visa processing. +62 370 622987 takes approx. 4 to 5 hours. Lembar Harbour ph: +62 370 681 209. FREE +62 370 622987 Padang Bai Harbour ph: (+62 363) 41849 / 41840 Silk Air (a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines) flies direct between Lombok and Singapore, three times per week. Lombok, ph: +62 370 628254 / 628255. Air Asia operates direct flights between Lombok and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia three times per week (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday).

FAST BOATS There are now numerous “fast boat” services operating between Bali and Lombok. Most serve Gili Trawangan, but several also call at Teluk Kodek on mainland Lombok, making fast boats from Lombok to Bali (and vice versa) an option to flying. See the “Getting to the Gilis” section for details.



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ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES Getting around Lombok is easy by car or motorbike and you can hire these in all the main tourism areas, with an International Drivers License. The roads are generally in good condition and traffic is light. Alternatively, hire a car and driver for exploring or take part in the tours and day trips offered by the many tour agencies on the island.

Climbing Mt Rinjani by Iwan Haryanto

Mawun Beach by Barbara


all three islands are well served by professional dive operators who offer full PADI certification courses, day and night dives to the many sites around the Gilis, as well as specialised courses and live-aboard adventures to exotic locations. For the more adventurous, there is superb diving around the islands off the southwest coast, as well as near Kuta on the south coast and the small uninhabited islands off the east coast.


The whole island is surrounded by fantastic beaches, most of which are covered in clean white sand and fringed by coconut palms. Drive just north of Senggigi to Malimbu or Nipah and enjoy deserted beaches with fine snorkelling and swimming. The southwest coast also has fine beaches, especially around Sekotong and Taun.

Lombok is becoming a world-renown surfing destination amongst surf enthusiasts world-wide. Huge waves and challenging surf lure die-hards to BangkoBangko (also known as Desert Point) on the south-western tip of Lombok.

Visit the small island of Gili Nanggu for rustic accommodation and great snorkelling just off shore or stay at Secret Island Resort on Gili Gede to explore the twelve other undeveloped islands in the southwest. The beaches around Kuta are breathtakingly beautiful. Visit Gerupuk for fantastic scenery, Kuta for long stretches of white sand and turquoise waters, or swim in the peaceful lagoon at Mawun.

Here you can hire a board, get board repairs and take surf lessons from the professionals.

DIVING With so many beaches and small islands, Lombok offers a myriad of diving and snorkelling opportunities. The best known locations are around the Gili islands - Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan. Snorkelling is easy from the shore and

Kuta, on the south coast, is surf-central and has a range of accommodations and services catering specially to surfers.

The waves at Gerupuk and Kuta offer a variety of challenges from beginners to sheer madness! Ekas Bay has two surf breaks: Inside Ekas and Outside Ekas, which are suitable for beginners to experts, depending on different peaks and tides.

TREKKING Much of the island is still covered by natural rain forest and jungles, making Lombok ideal for ecotourism and adventure tours. There are a number of spectacular waterfalls on the island which provide lovely trekking opportunities, whether travelling independently or as part of a tour. Sendang Gile on the slope of Mt Rinjani in the north is an easily accessible waterfall in a stunning jungle setting and popular with visitors. Air Jeruk Manis, near Tetebatu is reached by walking through pretty rice fields and forests. The awesome Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu waterfalls, in central Lombok, are located within a short trek of each other and make a perfect day trip for those who appreciate truly magical natural surroundings.


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ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES Aik Kalaq (Hot Spring Water) near Segara Anak Lake at Mt Rinjani by Koes Nadi

animist statues remain today. Perang Topat, is an annual festival held at Lingsar and features a ritualised war with rice cakes, which also serve as an offering to the Gods.

MOUNTAIN CLIMBING Mt Rinjani, Lombok’s famous volcano, soars 3726 m above sea level and is the second highest volcano in Indonesia, attracting thousands of trekkers and climbers annually. The huge crater near the top contains a beautiful lake, Danau Segara Anak (Child of the Sea Lake) and a smaller volcanic cone, Gunung Baru Jari, which was formed a couple of hundred years ago. There are a number of caves, small waterfalls and hot springs located around the volcano. In 2004 Rinjani won the World Legacy Award and the volcano is recognised internationally as an important eco-tourism destination. Two, three and four day treks on the volcano are offered by tour companies and trek organisers in all the main resort areas of Lombok.

HISTORIC SITES & TEMPLES There are a number of interesting temples around the west coast, many of which are Hindu or ancient animist sites of worship. Pura Lingsar is possibly the only place in the world where Hindus and Moslems come together to pray and celebrate. Built around 1714, Pura Lingsar was originally based on the prevailing animist beliefs of the time, and some of the original

Pura Narmada (or Narmada Temple), around 10 km east of Cakranegara in Narmada, was created circa 1805 as a replica of Gunung Rinjani and Segara Anak, the lake within Rinjani’s crater. The gardens at Narmada are beautifully maintained and surround the pools and lake. Pura Suranadi, a complex of three temples located a few kilometres north of Narmada in Suranadi, is the oldest and holiest of the Balinese temples in Lombok, founded by the 16th-century Javanese priest, Danghyang Nirartha. Underground streams bubble up into restored baths, used for ritual bathing. Huge sacred eels live in the pools and streams here, and can sometimes be lured out with an offering of boiled eggs (purchased at a nearby stall). To see a sacred eel is considered very lucky!

HANDICRAFT VILLAGES Lombok is famous for its traditional earthenware pottery made from local clay with distinctive “Lombok primitive” designs. You can also purchase hand-woven sarongs and fabrics (ikat). Pringgasela in central Lombok is a small village which is steeped in tradition and is a

major centre for weaving ikat. Visit the small houses and shops here to purchase traditionally woven, colourful fabrics. Masbagik, close to Pringgasela, is a small pottery village. Wander the streets and see the pottery being made in the small yards behind the simple homes here and purchase the wares for amazingly cheap prices. Sukarara is 5 km to the west of Praya, heading south towards Kuta. This is a weaving village where quality ikat and traditional cloth is displayed and sold. Weavers work outside many of the shops, using antiquated “back strap looms” to painstakingly produce works of art. Some of the larger pieces can take several months to weave, and collectors from around the world visit this village to purchase the blankets, sarongs and cloth produced here. Banyumulek, easily reached on the road south to Lembar Harbour, is an important centre for pottery on Lombok. The small village is packed with shops selling pottery produced in the area, as well as from the other main pottery-making villages such as Penujak and Masbagik. Lombok pottery, with its distinctive terracotta styles, has become famous internationally and is exported throughout the world. Pura Suranadi (Suranadi Temple) by Barbara



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volcanoes create a visual connection for people living on Lombok and, historically and culturally, Gunung Rinjani has important significance to Lombok’s native Sasaks and the Balinese, being considered the “Seat of the Gods”.

Every year, around the full moon in October or November, a sacred pilgrimage called “Mulang Pekelem” takes place on Lombok’s Mt Rinjani volcano. A Hindu ceremony, said to date from the 17th century, during Pekelem pilgrims make offerings and pray for the safety and prosperity of the island and its people, in a ceremony intended to maintain harmony between man and the universe. Located on the north of the island, Mt Rinjani soars 3726m above sea level and is the second highest volcano in Indonesia, annually attracting thousands of trekkers and climbers to Lombok. From the top, the sacred volcano on Bali – Gunung Agung – is clearly visible across the Lombok Strait to the west. The two

Before Buddhism, Hinduism, and later Islam came to Lombok, the Sasak people had a strong animist tradition and, even today, pilgrimages are often made to the mountain. Many people visit the volcano to pray for special requests, and to bathe in the pools and hot springs, which are believed to have healing powers.

According to legend, Princess Dewi Anjani was a princess of incredible beauty who fell in love with a prince. Her father, the King, forbade them to marry and exiled Dewi Anjani to live on the remote volcano. There she eventually died and descended to the underworld, where she became the Queen of the spirits and guardian of the mountain. The Sasak of Lombok believe Dewi Anjani still lives today on the volcano in a magnificent castle on the summit that cannot be seen or touched by humans. Tales abound of sightings of the Princess and misfortunes that have befallen those on the mountain who have angered her.

The volcano is also home to a deity revered by Sasak people, particularly those who live in villages on the slopes and at the base of the volcano. Old people still make offerings to her and call upon her for luck, fertility and to ask for rains when crops in the area fail. Most of all, Mt Rinjani has been revered by the people of Lombok throughout history. Even today, the mostly Moslem population still hold on to their animist roots and the volcano is seen as a highly spiritual place; a microcosm of the universe that forms the centre of balance for Lombok. The huge caldera near the top of the volcano is around 4 km wide and is almost filled by a beautiful lake, Danau Segara Anak (Child of the Sea Lake). The lake is around 230m deep and contains plentiful fish, as well as being home to birds and other wildlife. Segara Anak is considered a sacred place, the source of the water of life, and therefore ideal for the Pekelem ceremony. First records of the Mulang Pekelem ceremony held at Lake Segara Anak date back to the time of the ruling Balinese kingdoms during the 17th Century. According to these records, the island was struck by a prolonged drought that devastated crops and led to disease and suffering in the communities. Continued on Page 20



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Senggigi Bay by Iwan Haryanto



Nowhere near as large or as busy as its Bali counterparts, Senggigi is a great base for exploring the rest of the island. The pace is laid-back, with activities centred on the beaches and day trips to places of interest, which are all within a few hours drive from the town. At night, Jalan Raya Senggigi (the main street) comes alive. Dine in the many restaurants catering to all tastes and budgets, listen to live music at the bars, or dance the night away at the nightclubs. Senggigi Beach is the large bay that forms the centre of Senggigi, with the main road running parallel to the beach, and large resorts occupying the space between. The Senggigi Beach Hotel, Santosa Villas and Resort, and the Sheraton Senggigi Resort all line the curved bay of Senggigi Beach and offer a full range of resort facilities, equally attractive for singles, couples and families. The beachfront is currently undergoing “revitalisation” by the West Lombok Tourism Department, which threatens to ruin the natural beauty of the beach. It can become very crowded and is best avoided on Sundays and public holidays. However, many more beautiful beaches exist just minutes away to the north. One of the most spectacular sights on the island is the sunset viewed from Senggigi Beach, with the bright orange sun sinking into the sea to the west and Bali’s Gunung Agung volcano silhouetted on the horizon like a giant pyramid floating in the ocean. Senggigi Reef, off the southern point, has good coral for snorkelling and, in the right conditions, some decent surf breaks. Canoes can be hired from the beach on the weekends and during peak tourism

times. Local outrigger boats (prahu) can be chartered from the beachfront for trips along the coast or out to the Gili Islands. The main road in Senggigi is lined with small attractive hotels catering to all budgets, shops, tour agencies, restaurants, bars and nightclubs; many of which have live music in the evenings. There are a couple of supermarkets, numerous ATM’s and moneychangers, a post office and all the normal tourist facilities. Senggigi is a relaxing and attractive place to stay, with a good range of luxury hotels and resorts, as well as mid-range and budget accommodations. Tourism development runs north along the coastal road for about 10 km, with many hotels and restaurants positioned along the beautiful beaches that line the entire west coast. About 2 km north of central Senggigi Kerandangan Valley has a popular beach nearby and some small boutique hotels, such as Puri Mas Spa Resort and Villa Campi Sorga, situated in a pretty valley. Dream Estate Park comprises private villa accommodation for owners and investors, and has villas available for short and long term rental in a secure, well-managed estate. At the end of the road through Kerandangan Valley is the Taman Wisata

Malimbu by Koes Nadi

Just over one hour from Lombok International Airport, Senggigi is the main tourism centre on Lombok and, apart from the Gili islands, the most developed tourism area on Lombok. The town of Senggigi is about 10 km north of Ampenan, and about 30 minutes drive from Teluk Nara and Bangsal – the harbours to the Gili Islands.

Alam – Kerandangan Nature Reserve – with clearly marked hiking paths leading through the rain forest along the river. There is a small Ranger’s hut and visitors centre near the entrance, and picnic areas with basic concrete tables along the paths. The park boasts a small waterfall, pretty river scenery, families of local monkeys, and a variety of tropical plants and birdlife. Further north, Mangsit has developed as an accommodation alternative to Senggigi, with boutique style hotels positioned along the breathtaking beaches of this section of coast. The popular Qunci Villas, Puri Mas Beach Resort, Windy Beach Resort and Holiday Resort Lombok are located in Mangsit. Furthest north are Klui and Lendang Luar, with two hotels – Jeeva Klui and Hotel Bulan Baru – and long stretches of pristine beaches. Mainly deserted white sand beaches, flanked by coconut groves and untouched by hotel development, continue all the way north along the main coastal road. Malimbu and Nipah are two picturesque bays less than half an hour from Senggigi, which are good for snorkelling, swimming and getting away from it all. Teluk Nara and Teluk Kodek are on a large bay that forms a natural harbour, about 25 kms north of Senggigi. All the main dive operators have boats here, which transfer guests to the Gili islands, as an alternative to nearby Bangsal Harbour. Bangsal Harbour, less than 5km further north, is reached by turning left at the crossroads in Pemenang and from there it is easy to catch the public ferries (actually large outrigger boats) out to the Gilis, or to charter boats for island hopping. Whether you are seeking luxury accommodation at a top resort with fine dining and spa facilities, or a budget holiday with days spent exploring – or all the choices in between – Senggigi caters for all tastes and budgets. From Senggigi, it’s easy to explore the attractions of the stunning south coast or to hop on a boat to the famous Gili islands lying just offshore. Swim, snorkel, dive, hike, lie in the sun, have a massage, eat and drink at some of the great restaurants and bars in town; or just take a break and be enchanted by the peace and beauty of Lombok.




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18 Coffee lovers will be delighted with the opening of the Lombok Coffee House in Mataram Mall this month. Owned and operated by Martin – manager of popular Café Lombi in Senggigi Square and Lombok’s only accredited coffee Q-grader – the house of “all things coffee” is located on the 3rd floor of the Mall, next to Natasha Skin Care and Jolie Sourire Dental Care. Totally separate from Café Lombi, the Lombok Coffee House continues Martin’s love affair with coffee and his belief that there is a need for “real coffee and professional coffee supplies in Lombok”. As well as being a coffee lounge, the shop supplies freshly ground coffees, in-house roasting, coffee equipment – including sales, rent and repair of coffee machines – and everything associated with coffee. We even hear they are installing a professional waffle maker to serve fresh Belgian waffles! Ph: 0818 365 790 As we head into the party month, don’t forget the Cellar Party at Square Restaurant on Friday, 7 December. The Cellar Party showcases two different imported red and white wines each month, accompanied by a delicious gourmet buffet – which includes sushi, tapas, pasta and other mouthwatering dishes created by Executive Chef, Made Suyana. Guests can enjoy as much wine and food as they like from 7 10.30pm, while enjoying the hospitality and ambience of one of Senggigi’s finest restaurants.

Although not strictly Tapas, the gourmet finger food menu at the Sunset Lounge reflects Lamberto’s 5-star expertise and is designed to present guests with a tempting array of nibbles to share with friends while having a drink at the lounge. Reflecting his Mexican heritage, the Quesadilla with Guacamole and Sour Cream is delicious, comprising light quesadilla stuffed with cheese and a spicy guacamole made with local avocado, the heat toned down with sour cream. The Crab Cakes are perfectly complimented with a tangy Lime Alioli and there’s even a gourmet pizza selection with toppings such as goats cheese and aragula, plus too many other delights to list here. The Sunset Lounge is a lovely place to enjoy a drink or two with friends – just steps away from Senggigi Beach and perfectly positioned to take in the sunset views. The tapas menu is available all day and would make a great grazing lunch for the girls! Ph: 693 333 The Chandi, on the beachfront in Batu Layar, is steadily making a name for itself as a gracious and peaceful retreat to while away a few hours. This month the contemporary resort commences Saturday Night BBQ at their Meru Restaurant, overlooking the beach. Enjoy soup, salads, Barbecued Beef and Onion Skewers, Grilled Jumbo Prawns in Spicy Chilli Sauce, Baby Snapper with Tomato Salsa, Grilled Spicy Chicken, and more, plus a selection of desserts… all for just Rp 180,000 ++ per person. Great value dining in a superb location! Ph: 692 198

Three and a half hours of free flow wines together with the gourmet buffet costs just Rp 350 000 net p/p (or Rp 150 000 for the buffet only), the Cellar Party is unbeatable value! www. We were lucky enough to try out the new Tapas Menu at the Sunset Lounge in the Sheraton Senggigi Resort last week. Under the direction of consultant Chef, Lamberto Valdez Lara – Executive Chef for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and Executive Chef at W SPA –many of the menus at the Sheraton have been revamped and the quality has skyrocketed.


“Indonesia Spirit” – a weekend festival celebrating dance, yoga, active meditation, sound healing and live music – will the held at The Yoga Barn in Ubud, Bali from 7- 9 December, 2012.

According to Gunarta, the event expects to draw 300 guests to Ubud. A portion of the proceeds from the mini-Festival will go to the Ayo! Kita Bicara HIV/AIDS outreach program.

The Indonesian Ministry of Creative Created by the founders of the BaliSpirit Economy, BaliSpirit Festival and The Yoga Festival, Ayo! is a school initiative that Barn are jointly sponsoring the event. improves awareness and education among kids regarding the growing threat of HIV/ Sapta Nirwandar, Deputy Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, said AIDS in Bali. the festival will help attract tourist visitors The program has already positively to Bali while building awareness and impacted thousands of Balinese in less respect for local culture. than 3 years, mostly through educational “Ubud is a beacon for conscious travellers programs in local schools and recordnationally and the world over,” said I breaking community concerts. Made Gunarta, Co-founder of The Yoga The opening ceremony of Indonesia Barn and the BaliSpirit Group, “This Spirit which will feature the screening of is an amazing opportunity to create an the documentary film, “Bali: Life is an international community gathering that is focused on promoting Indonesia.” Offering” on Friday, 7 December.

Saturday night will feature Gamelan Masters Tribute in collaboration Gamelan Salukat, in collaboration with Kryasta Guna Foundation. Workshops during the weekend will continue the Yoga Barn’s program of popular classes and seminars led by world-renowned presenters such as Anya Phelan (Nia Dance); Theva Indrasenan (Ecstatic Dance); Dr Diane Butler Ph D (21 Moments of Stillness); together with distinguished Indonesian presenters: Pak Suprapto Suryodharmo from Solo, Central Java (Joged Amerta); Yayasan Krysata Guna (Gamelan) and Bali’s own Ratu Bagus (Laughter & Shaking). For more information and the full programme of events, visit




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The ruling King Anglurah Karang Asem met together with clergy to pray together at a temple in Gunung Sari, West Lombok. During meditation the King is said to have received instructions from Bharata Gunung Agung, the Lord of Mount Agung, to perform the Yadnya Pekelem ceremony at Mount Rinjani. The King was instructed to hold the Pekelem ceremony on the night of the full moon in the fifth month of the Hindu calendar. Literally, yadnya means to submerge offerings in water. The King was instructed to make offerings of gold and silver, cast in the form of certain animals to bring balance between the worlds of man and nature.

prayed at a nearby mosque, pilgrims then travelled north to the village of Torean in North Lombok before making the trek up the volcano. The route from Torean is different from the usual routes to the crater lake, either from Senaru and Sembulan. The trail is full of switchbacks with deep drop-offs into gorges on both sides and fantastic views across the valleys. The hundreds of people spread across the trail, picking their way carefully while carrying temple equipment, offerings and everything that they would need for their three days on the mountain. On their journey up the mountain, the group stops to pray and make offerings at special places along the way. One of these holy places is at Poprok or Tirta Pecampuan (literally “mixed waters”), where three different springs meet.

These offerings are still made today and include shrimp-shaped gold figures symbolising fertility; turtles symbolising the world; fish as a symbol of life, and fowl as a symbol of the universe.

One is a cold water spring from Lake Segara Anak, another carries hot water from volcanic springs, and the other is filled with sulphur. Tirta Pecampuan is considered to have strong spiritual energy and is the site of a major ritual and overnight stay on the journey.

This year, Mulang Pekelem took place from 27 – 30 October, with hundreds of people joining the ritual, including around 500 Hindu pilgrims from Lombok, Bali and Java. Starting with prayers at the Pura Agung temple in Gunung Sari, while others

In the past, animal sacrifices were also held as a form of offering to the Gods, but this was not done this year, mostly because of the high cost involved and the difficulty of herding cows, buffaloes and goats up the mountain. At the height of the ceremony, small rafts were constructed to bear baskets of offerings, including chickens, geese and other birds. Others swam into the lake to pray and throw offerings of food, flowers, and precious objects made of gold, silver and copper, symbolising elements of the material world, as sacrifice to the Gods. Prayers were made for fertility, rains and good crops, as well as peace, prosperity and harmony in the world. Porters and guides were kept busy collecting the live birds and scooping up fallen coins from the shores, but the most precious offerings were carried out by the bravest and strongest to be sunk in the middle of the lake.

The first Mulang Pekelem ceremony was held and, immediately after, the muchneeded rains began to fall on Lombok and the drought was ended. The ceremonies have continued to this day, although according local stories they were stopped briefly at the time of the Japanese occupation during WWII and started again after the declaration of Indonesian independence in 1945.

The still air was filled with the sounds of chanting and prayers performed in the Nuhur Melaspas Ceremony. This ceremony is held to purify the environment and to protect participants from evil forces. Some people go into trance, while others appear to be possessed. Chants are sung and offerings are made to invite the Gods that live on Rinjani to attend the ceremony.

Continuing the trek early the next morning and reaching Segara Anak in the early evening, pilgrims were greeted by the glorious sight of the full moon rising and lighting up the surface of the lake. Hundreds of Hindus – men, women and children – who had arrived earlier were gathered along the water’s edge to pray and had already established a temple on the shore of the lake. Ceremonial offerings were made and placed to the Gods of the Nine Winds.

Despite the days of trekking with heavy bags of offerings and equipment, and the energies expended in ritual, prayer and chanting; the group is filled with joy and a sense of achievement that they have kept the tradition of Mulang Pekelem alive and that the earth is in balance once again.



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eyelids were stuck together and her whole body was covered in blisters and peeling skin. Her life has been constant pain; and she screams and cries every day. Unfortunately, Siti has an acute form of psoriasis – an autoimmune disease that causes plagues to form on the skin. The disease is probably genetic and is impossible to cure completely. However, with correct care, it can be controlled and will probably diminish as Siti gets older. Since our first story, volunteers from the Lombok community have been providing care for Siti, who is now almost 7 months old. Members of “Velo Girls”, the women’s cycling group led by popular Lombok businesswoman Widi Bruno, regularly visit Siti’s home and have used donated funds to pay for medical treatment, buy medicines and creams, baby formula and vitamins, as well as cotton clothing, bedding, and other materials to ensure that Siti’s environment is kept as clean and Siti Zahwa was born with a congenital skin non-irritating as possible. disease that causes itchy scales to form The improvement in Siti’s skin condition all over her body. The dry scaly skin then cracks open, leaving the baby covered with has been a reward for all their efforts. nasty blisters and sores; forcing her to live However, last month Siti developed eye in constant pain and putting her at risk of problems, which needed urgent medical infections. treatment. We first published a story about local baby, Siti Zahwa, in Issue 119 of The Lombok Guide on 9 July 2012. The response from our readers was fantastic, with many people sending donations to help care for the 4 month old baby with a terrible skin condition living in a poor and remote village in Lombok.

The problem was made worse by the heat, dust and the poor sanitary conditions in which she lives. Siti, together with her mother and father and three elder siblings, lives in the village of Selong Paok, near Bonder in Central Lombok. It is a poor community, with simple houses made from woven bamboo and thatched roofs with concrete floors. Her father, Ahmad, struggles to support his family as a low paid farmhand, sometimes travelling as far away as Sumbawa to find work. Her mother Ratniah is just 35 years old but has already known a lifetime of hardship trying to feed and clothe her children. When baby Siti was born, her skin was dry and tight, and she was unable to move her fingers and toes without the skin breaking. She couldn’t open her eyes because her

The dry scales around her eyes pull the delicate skin tight and cause her eyelids to be pulled away from her eyes. This makes the cornea dry out, and eyelashes or dirt can scratch her eyes. The condition is already improving, thanks to early intervention by the volunteers, but fighting the dry skin that plagues Siti’s life is an on-going process. Having tried various creams and lotions over the past months, the Velo Girls have had the most success with a product called “Lucas Papaw Ointment” and

are sending out an urgent appeal to anyone coming from Australia to please bring the ointment with them.

“No matter how much money we can raise, we can’t buy Lucas Papaw Ointment and Gels because they are not available in Lombok,” Widi said. “This is the product that works best for Siti, so we are appealing for help from all Australians and anyone coming from Australia… please bring us some of the ointment and gels when you visit.” Lucas Papaw Ointment and Gels are available from chemists in Australia, as well as Coles and Woolworths Supermarkets, Big W department stores and Priceline Pharmacies. Stocks of the ointment are needed, as it is applied several times daily and Siti will need treatment for a long time. The group will also continue to need money to buy food and medicines each month so that, when Siti isn’t in the news, she will still have the care she needs and the chance of a normal life. “We are very grateful to everyone who has helped so far and the difference their generosity has already made to Siti’s life,” Widi said. “But this isn’t about the people who help… the only important person in this story is Siti Zahwa. Anyone who sees her condition and the pain she is in would want to help.” If you can donate Lucas Papaw Ointment or Gel, please email velogirlslombok@ to arrange collection, or if you wish to make a donation to help Siti, please transfer your funds, no matter how small, to: Bank BCA, Account No: 8220314007 (Account name: Dyah Sari Puspitarini).



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40 QUESTION: The idyllic island of Lombok is getting busier and busier, with tourists everywhere these days. New shops, new hotels and new restaurants are springing up all Tongue-in-cheek over the place!

answers to your Why can’t these people just stay at personal and home and leave the island alone? Who building problems do they think they are? QUESTION: Since my wife and I came to the tourist hot spot of Lombok, she hasn’t shut up about how great it is.

They come here spending their money on cheap exotic food and cheap souvenirs and just ruin the place.

White sandy beaches, turquoise blue crystal clear waters, great restaurants, amazing surfing and snorkelling, boat trips to deserted islands, not to mention the great bands at the Happy Café, where you can get your sinuses cleared for free.

20 years ago, Senggigi was just a sleepy fishing village with a few bamboo bars and restaurants. The beaches were wide and open with just a few fishing boats dotted along the shores.

I have many holiday snaps to prove she never shuts up about it. Is there any way I can get her to shut up? MR.FIXER: Don’t worry! The Japanese have just invented a digital camera with such a fast speed, you can actually take a picture of your wife with her mouth closed.

Now look at it! Beach front bars and restaurants with swimming pools, Italian restaurants selling pasta and spaghetti and brochette (whatever that is!)

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MR FIXER: Yes! The government could legislate the bars and restaurants out of existence by taxing them to oblivion, and apply health and safety regulations that would be too expensive to comply with; just as in the UK and the rest of Europe. A more subtle approach (which would be just as effective) would be to widen and resurface the main road through Senggigi, making sure that the road level was raised so as to effectively put all the offending bars, restaurants and supermarkets below the water line so they flood every time it rains.

What has that got to do with Indonesia? We even have 24 hour supermarkets now! Where will it end? How I long for the old days when Senggigi was truly idyllic.

Then, we could all go back to tilling the soil and growing coconuts. Idyllic!

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In Good Taste... Welcome to Lombok! As an expat working here in Lombok, I want to share with all our valuable visitors a few of the recipes that you will try around our lovely island, so hopefully you can take more than just a great memory home and show your friends that – apart from beautiful scenery, sexy beaches, amazing weather and friendly people – we have some exquisite food available here and Lombok people do take their food seriously! Selamat Makan! By Bryce Adamson, Chef and Beverage at Qunci Villas.

This is a recipe from Bryce Adamson, Chef & Beverage at Qunci Villas:


For this edition of “In Good Taste” I find myself having to look into my own memories (scary stuff) for a nice Asian dish, as I am still waiting for other Lombok chefs to show some interest in promoting their talents and establishments (hint! hint!)

using a clay mortar, wooden pestle and a spatula. Using a mortar and pestle, mash a clove of garlic first. Then add green beans and halved cherry tomatoes. Pound a few times just to bruise the beans and get the juice out of the tomatoes.

So I went with a nice Thai Green Papaya Salad, as it is one of my wife’s favourites and is very easy to make, with ingredients available everywhere!

Add chili peppers and crush them just enough to release the hotness, unless you like your salad really hot.

History: Green Papaya Salad is the most popular dish among women in Thailand. It is a North-eastern food that is eaten with sticky rice and other North-east Thai dishes such as Laab, beef salad and bamboo shoot salad. It was listed at number 46 on the World’s 50 most delicious foods list complied by CNN Go in 2011. Despite the use of papaya, which one may think of as sweet, this salad is actually savoury. When not yet ripe, papaya has a slightly tangy flavour. The texture is crisp and firm, sometimes to the point of crunchiness. It is this which allows the fruit to withstand being beaten in the mortar The two most popular types of Green Papaya Salad include either dried shrimp or salted crab. Green Papaya Salad with dried shrimp and peanuts is called som tum thai. The Green Papaya Salad with salted crab is called som tum pbooh. The majority of the ingredients are the same in both dishes. My mother likes it with both dried shrimp and salted crab. GREEN PAPAYA SALAD 2 Servings, Total Time: around 10 Minutes Ingredients: 5 Cherry Tomatoes

1 clove garlic 6 green beans 2 cups shredded green papaya 3/4 lime (can also substitute tamarind juice) 1 1/2 tablespoons Palm Sugar 2 tablespoons toasted peanuts (Optional) Tips and Techniques: For a vegetarian som tum, omit the dried shrimp and substitute soy sauce for fish sauce. The balance of fish sauce, lime juice, palm sugar and peppers listed here are guidelines. Som tum is an individual dish and you may find you might like yours with more, say, lime juice than what the recipe calls for. Experiment with flavours! Preparation: To peel the whole green papaya, simply cut away the inedible outer skin and then shred using a regular cheese grater with medium to large sized holes. When you get closer to the centre, you will see the white immature seeds inside. Stop and move onto another part of the papaya.

1 tablespoon dried shrimp

Discard any seeds that got into your bowl. If you have a food processor with grater, you can shred the papaya faster.

1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce

In Thailand, green papaya salad is made

2 chili peppers

Add the green papaya, dried shrimp, toasted peanuts, fish sauce, lime juice and palm sugar. Use the pestle to push the mixture up in the mortar and the spatula to push it down so that the mixture is mixed well. However, if you do not have a big enough mortar, you can crush garlic, tomatoes, green beans. Set them aside in a large bowl. Add dried shrimp, fish sauce, lime juice and palm sugar to the bowl. Add green papaya and mix well. Serve with sticky rice and garnish with a sliver of cabbage, green beans and Thai basil. For som tum pbooh, omit the dried shrimp and toasted peanuts and add salted crabs instead. I microwave the salted crabs for 30 seconds before adding them to the papaya salad to kill any residual bacteria. Add only half of the fish sauce called for because the salted crab can be quite salty. As always, if you don’t feel like doing all this, Bryce and the team at Qunci Villas will be more than happy to do the work for you!

If any Lombok chefs would like to contribute a local recipe, please contact me at

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Every year a very special war takes place at Lingsar Temple in West Lombok. This isn’t a riot between warring groups and it isn’t a real war, although the name “Perang Topat” translates as “Rice Cake War”. Topat is short for “ketupat” and are small diamond-shaped parcels of rice, which have been wrapped in woven coconut leaves and boiled – a delicious local alternative to ordinary rice. In this friendly war, Hindus and Muslims stage a mock battle, hurling the topat at each other amidst much fun and laughter. Built around 1714 and rebuilt in 1874, Pura Lingsar is located about 10 km northwest of Mataram and is renowned for its unique temple complexes. The temple was built during the reign of the King Anak Agung Gede Ngurah , a descendent of the kings of Karangasem from Bali, who once ruled this part of Lombok. Lingsar Temple is the only temple on Lombok where Hindus and Muslims gather to worship and pray together. The temple is considered sacred by both religions; it has been associated with fertility for centuries and is an important link to the island’s animist roots.

The ritual of Perang Topat has been performed at Lingsar Temple every year on the full moon in the seventh month of the Sasak calendar for hundreds of years, in a tradition that is passed down through the generations. This year, Perang Topat will take place in the late afternoon on Wednesday, 28 November. Aim to arrive around 3pm.

The ceremony starts with an elaborate parade – flowers, fruits, rice cakes and offerings of all colours and varieties are carried in colourful towers on the heads of the women, who are dressed in beautiful coloured kebayak (traditional lace blouses) and fine sarongs. The ritual includes prayers and chanting, and traditional music and dancing, after which the offerings are carried in a circle three times around the Kemaliq and then blessed by temple priests. Together, the people pray for fertility and prosperity, for good rains and a bountiful harvest, both literally and spiritually. The serious part of the ritual over, the event then concludes with the mock rice war: Perang Topat.


Tall bamboo poles with the woven rice parcels tied to them are shaken and the topat that fall are gleefully grabbed by the crowd. Offerings are raided and others pull hidden topat from their clothes. Two sides are drawn as everyone, adults and children alike, starts throwing the topat at each other. It’s a hilarious sight, seeing everyone throwing the topat as far as they can into the opposing crowd and then scrabbling on the ground to snatch up the fallen topat, before someone else can grab it. The air is filled with good-natured yells and laughter and, after the solemnity of the holy ritual, it’s a good way to release the tension and bring the community together in a fun way. The atmosphere at the temple is fantastic and the display of offerings and traditional performances is well worth the visit. The local community is used to having foreigners visit their ceremonies and the crowd will make you feel welcome. Just watch out for flying topat –they pack a punch and are surprisingly indestructible!

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If you are a foreigner working in Indonesia on a work permit (IMTA/Izin Mempekerjakan Tenaga Asing), check your IMTA with the Ministry of Manpower as soon as possible to ensure its validity. Last year, I found out that for two years I had paid for a fake work permit and Skill and Development/DPKK fee ($1,200/ year) to Mr. M. T., an IMTA/VISA Agent in Lombok. I am always careful, especially with important paperwork like this, but this agent was slick. Everything seemed to be legitimate: original permit paper with watermark, stamp and signature of the Director of Foreign Workers of the Ministry of Manpower in Jakarta. I wouldn’t have discovered this scam except that I arranged my work permit for the third year by myself. For my third year IMTA, I brought my old work permit for an extension to the Department of Manpower in Lombok. A month later I got a phone call from the Head of the Department telling me that my work permit didn’t exist in their database, thus it was a fake! I immediately contacted my former agent, Mr. M.T., but he avoided me. Even worse, I received a letter from the immigration department saying that I had

to leave Indonesia because there was an EPO (exit letter) signed by my sponsor. This was impossible because my sponsor never signed the letter! Later I found that Mr. M.T. tried to get me out of the country to cover his scam by forging my sponsor’s signature. Luckily, the immigration department was cooperative and resolved the fake letter quickly.

permit was registered using somebody else’s registration number. He also added that a couple years ago a few boxes of official work permit papers were stolen from the office. One sheet of the paper was rumored to be sold for $50 on the ‘black market.’ I guess my agent bought his papers there too. The Director encouraged us to pursue this case in Lombok. So I did.

Still, I was holding a fake work permit, thus couldn’t extend my visa at the immigration department. I had already overstayed for two weeks. My wife and kids were stressed out. It was the last week of Ramadan, so most government offices were closed. Mr. M.T., the agent, was out of reach. He completely ignored and avoided me. I even went to his house and waited there for hours and days, but he didn’t dare show himself. Finally, the Head of the Department of Manpower in Lombok agreed to go with me to Jakarta and clarify this matter at the Ministry of Manpower.

The Ministry of Manpower agreed to ‘ignore’ my old fake work permit and issued a new one for the third year, as long as I paid the DPKK fees from the first year to the current year (because the agent never paid the DPKK fee I gave him to pay the government, but instead kept it in his pocket).

We met in person with the Director of Foreign Workers at the Ministry of Manpower. He is the person who signs all foreign workers’ permits in Indonesia. He immediately recognized his forged signature on my work permit. My work

Now, I’m holding a legitimate work permit and Mr. M.T. is currently under investigation of the police and will go to court soon. I am not Mr. M.T’s only victim; there are many out there who have also reported him. If you’re also a victim, I strongly encourage you to speak out so we can put an end to this scam. Send your report to:


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Tourism Information The three main cities in Lombok – Ampenan, Mataram and Cakranegara – have expanded over the years and now merge together to create what is, for Lombok, an urban sprawl of shops, administrative centres and residential areas. A visit to the cities makes an interesting day trip, exploring the numerous small shops selling everything imaginable at low prices. There are numerous pearl shops in Ampenan selling unset pearls and pearl jewellery at cheap prices. These are genuine pearls from the pearl farms on Lombok and Sumbawa and, if you bargain the price, are a good deal. Gold shops are also popular in both Ampenan and Cakra, with 24 kt gold being sold by the gram, regardless of the design. For cheap and interesting food choices, explore the many restaurants, warungs and food stalls in the cities. Or just wander around the streets to soak up the atmosphere and discover fascinating insights into Lombok city life! Ampenan was the original old port in Lombok during Dutch colonial times and some of the old architecture is still visible around the town, particularly toward the beach to the west. This area becomes a market at night, filled with warungs and kaki lima (food carts) for cheap, tasty food and local flavour. With its numerous shops, cheap hotels, dusty roads and plentiful cidomo (horse carts), gold and pearl shops, and its Arab quarter, Ampenan is a colourful town to explore. Kebun Roek, just near the traffic lights in Ampenan on the road from the airport, is the site of the local markets. Every day traders set up stalls selling fresh produce from around the island, local snacks and products, live chickens and fresh fish in the afternoon when the fishing boats


Mataram Mall come in. A stroll through the markets is a pungent and enlightening experience! Mataram, about 3 km to the east of Ampenan, is the administrative centre for Lombok and Sumbawa (NTB Province), with government offices, banks, mosques, schools and colleges, bookstores, the main post office, and Mataram University downtown. In Mataram, the Nusa Tenggara Barat Museum houses historical and cultural artefacts from Lombok and Sumbawa. It’s an interesting place to visit and occasionally hosts special exhibits. Displays include exhibits on geology, history and culture. Address: Jl Panji Tilar. Ph: 632159 for opening times. There is a small admission fee. Also worth visiting is the cultural centre, Taman Budaya on Jl Majapahit. Music and dance performances are presented here regularly. Phone: 622428 for details. Mataram Mall, on the main street in Mataram, has an upstairs food court for cheap local meals. Lombok’s only real mall, there are four floors of shops and stalls selling a vast selection of goods. Particularly good buys are shoes, jeans, and copy brand bags and belts. There is a department store, several electronics stores, and shops selling clothing, CD’s and DVD’s. Hero Supermarket, on the ground floor, is useful for some western goods, food and toiletries. The Chemist next door has imported toiletries, supplements and medicines. McDonalds and KFC have outlets on the ground floor.

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Cakranegara (usually abbreviated to “Cakra”) is Lombok’s main shopping area. It is also home to many Chinese and Balinese, who make up over 50 percent of the city’s population. The streets of the city make an interesting tour with gold

shops, sporting goods, clothing stores and very good fabric stores selling imported silks, laces and cottons, to name a few. Many of Lombok’s weaving and basket making industries are located near Cakra; turn left at the central traffic lights and look for the market on the right near the bridge. The baskets in particular are sold in Bali at many times the local price. The next large town east of Cakra, Sweta, has a huge market every day near the Bertais bus terminal, with all kinds of goods on sale, from foodstuffs to clothing, exotic birds, handicrafts and more. Nearby Temples and Places of Interest Pura Meru on Jl Selaparang, Cakranegara, was built in 1720 by Balinese Prince Anak Agung Made Karang and is the largest temple on Lombok. Its three meru are for the Hindu trinity – Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. This is an important temple for the Balinese here and its annual Pujawali festival, held over five days during the full moon in September or October, is the biggest Balinese Hindu event on Lombok. The outer courtyard hall has large drums used to announce ceremonies and festivals. In the central courtyard are two buildings with raised offering platforms. The interior enclosure has 33 shrines as well as the three multi-tiered meru. Pura Mayura, just across the street from Pura Meru, was built in 1744 as the court temple of the last Balinese kings in Lombok. An open hall or bale kambang (floating pavilion) stands in a large artificial lake here and is used as a place for meetings and to relax. Today the palace gardens are a playground for children. The temple sits behind the sedate water gardens and is open daily; admission is by donation.


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Penyakit Demam Berdarah Dengue (DBD)

Penyakit Demam Berdarah Dengue (DBD) { adalah penyakit yang disebabkan oleh virus dengue yang ditularkan melalui gigitan nyamuk Aedes aegypti dan Aedes albopictus, yang mana menyebabkan gangguan pada pembuluh darah kapiler dan pada sistem pembekuan darah, sehingga mengakibatkan perdarahan-perdarahan. Penyakit ini banyak ditemukan didaerah tropis seperti Asia Tenggara, India, Brazil, Amerika termasuk di seluruh pelosok Indonesia, kecuali di tempattempat ketinggian lebih dari 1000 meter di atas permukaan air laut. • Tanda dan Gejala Penyakit Demam Berdarah Dengue Masa tunas / inkubasi selama 3 – 15 hari sejak seseorang terserang virus dengue, Selanjutnya penderita akan menampakkan berbagai tanda dan gejala demam berdarah sebagai berikut : 1. Demam tinggi yang mendadak 2-7 hari (38 – 40 derajat Celsius). 2. Pada pemeriksaan uji torniquet, tampak adanya jentik (puspura) perdarahan. 3. Adanya bentuk perdarahan dikelopak mata bagian dalam (konjungtiva), Mimisan (Epitaksis), Buang air besar dengan kotoran (Peaces) berupa lendir bercampur darah (Melena), dan lain-lainnya. 4. Terjadi pembesaran hati (Hepatomegali). 5. Tekanan darah menurun sehingga menyebabkan syok. 6. Pada pemeriksaan laboratorium (darah) hari ke 3 – 7 terjadi penurunan trombosit dibawah 100.000 /mm3 (Trombositopeni), terjadi peningkatan nilai Hematokrit diatas 20% dari nilai normal (Hemokonsentrasi). 7. Timbulnya beberapa gejala klinik yang menyertai seperti mual, muntah, penurunan nafsu makan (anoreksia), sakit perut, diare, menggigil, kejang dan sakit kepala. 8. Mengalami perdarahan pada hidung (mimisan) dan gusi. 9. Demam yang dirasakan penderita menyebabkan keluhan pegal/sakit pada persendian. 10.Munculnya bintik-bintik merah pada kulit akibat pecahnya pembuluh darah. • Pengobatan Penyakit Demam Berdarah Fokus pengobatan pada penderita penyakit DBD adalah mengatasi perdarahan, mencegah atau mengatasi keadaan syok/presyok, yaitu dengan mengusahakan agar penderita banyak minum sekitar 1,5 sampai 2 liter air dalam 24 jam (air teh dan gula sirup atau susu). Penambahan cairan tubuh melalui infus (intravena) mungkin diperlukan untuk mencegah dehidrasi dan hemokonsentrasi yang berlebihan. Transfusi platelet dilakukan jika jumlah platelet menurun drastis. Selanjutnya adalah pemberian obat-obatan terhadap keluhan yang timbul, misalnya : - Paracetamol membantu menurunkan demam - Garam elektrolit (oralit) jika disertai diare - Antibiotik berguna untuk mencegah infeksi sekunder Lakukan kompress dingin, tidak perlu dengan es karena bisa berdampak syok. Bahkan beberapa tim medis menyarankan kompres dapat dilakukan dengan alkohol. Pengobatan alternatif yang umum dikenal adalah dengan meminum jus jambu biji bangkok, namun khasiatnya belum pernah dibuktikan secara medik, akan tetapi jambu biji kenyataannya dapat mengembalikan cairan intravena dan peningkatan nilai trombosit darah. • Pencegahan Penyakit Demam Berdarah 1. Pemberantasan Sarang Nyamuk (PSN), pengelolaan sampah padat, modifikasi tempat. perkembangbiakan nyamuk hasil samping kegiatan manusia, dan perbaikan desain rumah. 2. Pemeliharaan ikan pemakan jentik (ikan adu/ikan cupang) pada tempat air kolam, dan bakteri (Bt.H-14). 3. Pengasapan/fogging (dengan menggunakan malathion dan fenthion). 4. Memberikan bubuk abate (temephos) pada tempat-tempat penampungan air seperti, gentong air, vas bunga, kolam, dan lain-lain.

Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever (DHF)

Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever (DHF) is a disease caused by the dengue virus, transmitted through the bite of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, which causes disruption of capillary blood vessels and the blood clotting system, resulting in bleeding. The disease is commonly found in tropical areas like Southeast Asia, India, Brazil, and the United States, including in all corners of Indonesia, except in places more than 1000 meters above sea level. • Signs and Symptoms of Dengue Fever The period of incubation is around 3-15 days after the mosquito bite. After a person is infected with dengue virus, the patient will show a variety of signs and symptoms of dengue fever, as follows: 1. Sudden high fever lasting 2-7 days (38-40 degrees Celsius). 2. On examination using a tourniquet test, the skin will appear to have larvae (puspura) bleeding. 3. There may be bleeding of the eye (conjunctiva), nose bleed, and blood, or mucus mixed with blood, in the faeces 4. An enlarged liver (Hepatomegaly). 5. Blood pressure may decrease, causing shock. 6. Laboratory tests of infected blood during days 3-7 show a decline in platelets below 100,000 / mm3 (thrombocytopenia), an increase in haematocrit values above ​​ 20% of the normal value (haemoconcentration). 7. Accompanying clinical symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, chills, cramps and headaches. 8. Bleeding at the nose (nose bleeds) and bleeding gums. 9. Fever sufferers frequently experience severe pain and soreness in the joints. 10. The appearance of red spots on the skin caused by ruptured blood vessels. • Treatment of Dengue Disease The focus of treatment in patients with Dengue Fever is to prevent bleeding, prevent or treat shock, and keep the patient well hydrated (drink around 1.5 to 2 litres of fluid in 24 hours (water, tea and sugar syrup or milk). The addition of body fluids through an IV (intravenous) may be needed to prevent excessive dehydration and haemoconcentration. Platelet (blood) transfusion is indicated if the platelet level drops significantly. Drugs to alleviate symptoms that arise, including: - Paracetamol to lower fever - Electrolyte Salts to replace those lost from diarrhoea - Antibiotics are useful to prevent secondary infection A cold compress can be applied in case of fever, but do not use ice as it can impact shock. Alcohol compresses are also effective. Alternative medicines include drinking Bangkok guava juice, but efficacy has not been proven medically, although it can in fact restore intravenous fluids and an increase in blood platelets. • Prevention of Dengue 1. Mosquito eradication, including rubbish and waste management and modification of rubbish sites. Mosquito breeding is a by-product of human activity, and can improved using good house design (mosquito nets, screens on windows and doors, etc). 2. Keep larvae-eating fish (fighting fish / Betta fish) and bacteria (Bt.H-14) in pools and ponds. 3. Fumigation / fogging (using Malathion and Fenthion). 4. Use Abate powder (Temephos) in places where still water is stored, such as water storage, flower vases, pots, ponds, etc.

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The Southwest

Secret Islands, Pristine Beaches!

Floating in the sparkling turquoise waters just off the southwest coast are twelve small islands called the Southwest Gilis. Unlike the famous Gili islands in the northwest of Lombok, the Southwest Gilis are largely uninhabited and have yet to be discovered by most travellers, thus they are often called “The Secret Islands”. The Sekotong region starts just south of Lembar Harbour and features stunning beaches and bays set against a backdrop of rolling hills. The drive itself is a worthwhile trip, meandering through villages where life is largely untouched by tourism and where the people are involved in their day-to-day activities of farming, fish cultivation, boating and fishing, brickmaking and other traditional pastimes.

across the sandbar and explore this uninhabited island. Old volcanic rocks and stone carved from centuries of tides create small caves and alcoves, providing shelter for picnics and interesting nooks and crannies to explore.

Elak Elak, Sekotong by Didiek Hariadi


the northwest and Madak Belo on the east. Gili Gede is large enough to provide a range of activities such as hiking to the hills in the centre for fantastic views across the other islands, exploring deserted beaches and hidden coves and meeting the people living on the island, who are very friendly and, as yet, unspoilt by tourism.

Back on the main road and slightly further south is Sundancer Resort, with its distinctive blue roofs dotted on the Secret Island has comfortable budget hillside overlooking another white sand accommodation, including a unique beach. The hotel development is still under Along the roadsides you will see people bungalow perched on a pier over the reef – construction. building and repairing boats, laying the only one in either Lombok or Bali. The out hand-made bricks to dry in the sun, Resort offers a host of activities that all the Across the road from Sundancer, on the working in the fields, and sometimes family will enjoy, while also being a place beachfront, is Dive Zone – currently guiding primitive wooden ploughs where you can get away from it all. the only diving facility in this part of harnessed to huge water buffalo, as they Lombok and the experts on diving around prepare the fields for planting. Secret Island can also organise fishing trips the southwest islands, having pioneered and island hopping excursions to the other The peaceful village of Taun (or Tawun), is development of previously unknown dive beautiful islands in the area, most of which sites in this area. situated on a wide, placid bay in Sekotong. are deserted, about their comfortable 9m The ocean is sparkling turquoise and the custom-built boat “Scorpio”. Dive Zone offer dive trips around dazzling white sand stretches in a wide Sekotong and the islands, as well as To the south of Gili Gede, the islands of sweep around the bay, while the hills in three locations in South Lombok – Gili Ringgit, Layar and Asahan are lined behind form a perfect backdrop to this including challenging world-class diving up like secret treasures in the calm sea. idyllic setting. off southeast Lombok. Bounty Cruises, a Bali-based company, Just out in the calm bay are the three Past Dive Zone another few kilometres is own much of the land on Gili Ringgit and lovely islands of Gili Nanggu, Gili Cocotinos Boutique Beach Resort on the have constructed a boat mooring and pier Tangkong and Gili Sudat – all easily secluded beach at Tanjung Empat. With accessible by local outrigger boats. A small 28 rooms, including beachfront villas with on the island. There is good snorkelling on the west side of Gili Ringgit, accessed by sign in the nearby village will direct you private swimming pools, Cocotinos is the boat. Large gardens of hard and soft corals to the local boat hire area, where you can only luxury accommodation in the area. lay just beneath the surface and the reef arrange boat trips out to Gili Nanggu and extends along most of the island’s coast. At the next intersection there is a the other small islands offshore. signpost to the right for Labuhan Poh and The other side of the island, where the Of the three, only Gili Nanggu has Pelangan, the site of Bola Bola Paradis. pier is located, has a fantastic white sand accommodation for visitors, with Gili This is a small hotel, situated right on Nanggu Cottages providing simple beach and is a favourite for guests from the beachfront with comfortable and cottages on the beach and a restaurant, as Secret Island Resort and Dive Zone, as the clean rooms at reasonable prices. The well as deluxe rooms further back from the hotel also organises snorkelling tours and scenery and beach here are so lovely. beach. The island is small and the beach is a popular choice for those surfing at It’s easy to snorkel offshore just north of here has soft white sand and a good reef Bangko-Bangko. the pier and, although the reef isn’t as large just off the beach for snorkelling. The largest of these islands is Gili Gede, as on the other side of the island, there is Travelling a little further south, before the appropriately meaning “Big Island”. The still plenty to see. marine culture complex (Balai Budaya island lays just offshore and is so large Bright blue starfish drape themselves Laut), there is a small dirt road leading out visitors often mistake it for part of the across patches of coral, and bright yellow onto a white peninsular of sand that juts mainland. Gili Gede is easily reached by into beautiful clear waters. Drive to the boat from the village of Tembowong and is and black Moorish Idols dart through end for superb views and a close up look the water. Schools of hundreds of small only minutes across the water. at Gili Genting. iridescent fish swim past and weirdly Gili Gede is one of the few islands in the shaped squid drift by in the deeper areas. Gili Genting sits just off the tip of the area that has accommodation, at Secret peninsular and at low tide you can walk Island Resort on the south, Via Vaccare on Continued on Page 64

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64 We met a boat load of happy tourists on Gili Ringgit, out for the day with Dive Zone, who described the diving as some of the best they’ve ever experienced. Most couldn’t stop gushing about the huge school of turtles they had just seen near Gili Layar! All around these Southwest Gilis, abundant coral reefs lay just below the surface waiting to be explored, filled with thousands of brightly coloured tropical fish, huge sprawling blue starfish and magical turtles gently gliding through the water. Slightly south of Gili Gede, beautiful Gili Asahan attracts visitors with deserted white sand beaches, clear calm waters and swaying palm trees. Pearl Beach Resort, the only accommodation on the island, is a lovely boutique hotel with charming and welldesigned bungalows here looking out over a breath-taking beach. Of a much higher standard than most of the accommodation in the southwest, each bungalow is spacious with a private terrace and western standard bathrooms with hot water showers.

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There is also a beachfront bar and restaurant serving western and Indonesian meals, and good snorkelling directly from the beach. The resort is popular with divers and can arrange diving and snorkelling trips, as well as island-hopping tours.

wide white sand bay is lined with fisherman’s huts and draws hundreds of surfers every year from as far away as Hawaii and Brazil to challenge the huge waves of Desert Point, just offshore.

Although the road deteriorates after Labuhan Poh, it is still passable for most vehicles in the dry season. During the surfing season, from mid-May to September and again in December, the beach is buzzing with surfers, but otherwise it is a remote and peaceful area. Bali is clearly visible, with the island of Nusa Penida only about an hour’s sail away. The drive to the point is dotted with bucolic scenery and tiny villages, making it a worthwhile trip even for non-surfers. There is basic surfer accommodation in the area and plans for development in the near future.

Pearl Beach is perfect for romantic escapes The southwest is slated for tourism and for those seeking the tranquillity of a development and it’s easy to imagine private island resort. hotels and resorts on all these beaches and Leaving Gili Asahan and back on the islands in the future, as well as yachts, mainland there are small home-stays and fishing boats, windsurfers, dive boats and private accommodations spaced out along the like. But for now, the Southwest is the road to Bangko-Bangko – the surfing unspoilt and the Gilis remain the secret Mecca for those in the know, located on islands… stunningly beautiful, pristine and the far southwest tip of Lombok. The unique; and known only to the lucky few.


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Kuta and The South Coast

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Indonesia boasts some of the most magnificent scenery in the world and the south coast of Lombok rates as being among the best.

Kuta this year and smaller developments are already under construction. Kuta by Barbara

South Lombok has views that inspire artists and photographers and leaves visitors from around the world speechless at the sublime panoramic beauty that unfolds beach after beach, bay after bay, all along the coast. The beaches of the south draw crowds to bake on the blindingly white sands, swim in the crystal clear oceans and challenge some of the best surf breaks in Indonesia. Kuta (sometimes spelt Kute) is the main town and tourism centre on the south coast of Lombok, and is the hub for exploring the fantastic southern beaches and the many points of interest in the region. Located around 60 km south of Mataram and about one and a half hour’s drive from Senggigi, Kuta makes for a wonderful day trip from other points in Lombok, or an alternative holiday destination for travellers exploring Lombok. Since the Lombok International Airport opened in late 2011, many of the major roads have been upgraded and the main road to Kuta is very good. The new airport is located only 25 minutes’ drive north of Kuta and has made access to the south very easy. The proximity to the airport has already sparked an investment boom in the area and major developments are expected over the coming year. For now, the south is uncrowded, pristine and spectacular. The drive down to the south coast is an interesting rural tour of small villages and farming communities. Fields of tobacco, corn and peanuts line the roadsides and farmers till the fields using antiquated ploughs pulled by large water buffalo.

mosques in Lombok, Mesjid Kuno. The small building with a thatched roof is considered holy and many believers make pilgrimages to pray here. Slightly further south is Sade, an hilltop village with more Lumbungs and traditional homes. Both villages have been renovated and cater to the tourist market, but are still interesting examples of traditional Sasak architecture and communal living within the compounds, where life continues as it has for centuries. Residents, who act as guides for a small fee, encourage walks through either of these villages and are happy to share a glimpse of their lifestyles with visitors.

Nearby Mandalika Beach is named after the legendary Princess Mandalika, a beloved character in Sasak folklore. It is near here that thousands of people gather every year to celebrate the colourful ritual of Bau Nyale, when masses of sea worms spawn in the waters offshore.

Ashtari, around 2km west of Kuta, stands out from the usual Kuta cafés and is a “must stop” for those touring in the area. Kuta itself is a small town with hotels, Perched on top of the hill with spectacular home-stays and backpacker’s hostels that views over Kuta and the surrounding cater mainly to the thousands of surfers beaches, Ashtari serves exquisite teas and from around the world who are drawn to juices, and delicious vegetarian meals and the area every year to surf the left- and organic gourmet snacks that are truly out right-hand breaks out in the bay. of the ordinary. Open Tuesday to Sunday, There is a good variety of accommodation, for breakfast and lunch only. restaurants and facilities for travellers and – with investment taking off –more options Kuta attracts thousands of visitors every year for the great surf locations are opening all the time. There are plans at Gerupuk, Tanjung Aan, Ekas, and the for a luxury beachfront resort in central beaches to the west. It’s easy to hire a board and a surf guide from here to learn surfing or, for experienced surfers, to access the more challenging surf breaks in the area. Hire a car or motorbike and you can spend days visiting beautiful, mainly deserted beaches, both to the east and west of Kuta. Around 4 km east of Kuta is Tanjung A’an, with perfect white sand beaches and good waves for surfers. Slightly further east is Gerupuk, well known as a top surf location and situated on a peninsula of land that juts out into the ocean, with stunning views of the sea, and the surrounding islands and bays. There is a good surf school here and no fewer than five surf breaks.

Just before arriving in Kuta, the road passes two traditional Sasak villages – Sade and Rambitan. On the east side of the road is Rambitan, a village that caters to tourists and has authentic clusters of thatched Lumbung, or rice barns, and traditional homes made of thatch and bamboo, with hardened cow and buffalo dung floors. Nearby, on the hilltop, is one of the oldest

At present, Kuta boasts just one luxury resort: the Novotel Lombok. The Novotel has a range of accommodation, from comfortable hotel rooms to spacious suites and luxurious villas, some with private swimming pools. Designed to blend in with the environment, and with a stunning beachfront location, the Novotel is a wonderful example of traditional Sasak architecture.


The beaches and scenery continue all the way to the east coast, with fantastic places such as Bumbang, Awang Bay, Ekas and Pantai Sorga (Heaven Beach)… the name says it all! Continued on Page 69

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At Bumbang, Bumbangku Beach Cottages has simple thatched cottages and comfortable brick deluxe rooms right on a beautiful deserted beach. There is a good restaurant, serving fresh fish and seafood caught by local fishermen, and easy access to the best surfing spots nearby. Even for non-surfers, Bumbangku is a delightful place to spend a few days, swimming, strolling along the wide calm bay and relaxing in the peaceful natural surroundings. Further east, Heaven on the Planet and Ocean Heaven (collectively known as HOTPlanet) currently has the monopoly

For now, however, these two exclusive properties provide the chance to really escape from the outside world in sublime surroundings. The resorts feature comfortable accommodation, good restaurants, swimming pool, a Spa and Wellness Centre and a host of water activities, such as surfing, snorkelling, kayaking, wind-surfing and more. Heading west from Kuta are another series of beautiful beaches and bays hidden behind headlands and rolling hills, providing peaceful and secluded spots for picnics and swimming. All are within easy day trips of Kuta. Mawun Beach is around 30 minutes’ drive to the west and is a picturesque, almost circular bay with small green headlands rolling into the ocean from either side. It is a spectacular beach with calm blue waters, perfect for swimming and spending a day lazing on the white sand.


Mawi, around another 7km to the west, has good right- and left-hand barrels for surfing when the swell is large enough. At other times, it is a lovely beach with impressive views of Gili Lawang just offshore; look for the three startling pinnacles of rock jutting out of the ocean. Selong Blanak is a long sweeping bay framed on each end by headlands and surrounded by rolling hills. Sempiak Villas has plush villas perched on the hillside with breath-taking panoramic views. Laut Biru Café at Sempiak Villas is a popular place for a stop – or justifies a day trip in itself – and serves fresh and delicious snacks and meals throughout the day in a pretty restaurant overlooking the beach. Spend a day exploring the area, with lunch and a swim here as the highlights of your trip. Further west are picturesque Sepi and Blongas bays, and many more scenic beaches along the way; all are mostly deserted. The road deteriorates rapidly and the going can be rough at times. For exploring this remote area it’s best to use an experienced local guide with a good vehicle. Steeped in history and legend, surrounded by beaches of almost surreal beauty, the south coast is a fascinating area to visit, whether your interests are historical, cultural or just the opportunity to see and explore some of the most beautiful and pristine coastal scenery in Indonesia.

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KutaCon – construction + consulting + real estate…


A local company is helping to change the face of development and construction in Lombok. KutaCon – construction + consulting + real estate is a relatively new company based in Kuta, on the south coast of Lombok. KutaCon founder, Roger Croome, is an Australian property developer with more than 36 years of experience in the construction and building products industries in Australia, Europe and Asia, who has unexpectedly found himself relocated to Kuta, Lombok. We spoke to him recently about what he is doing here and what makes KutaCon different from other development companies. Roger, after living in so many other countries, what made you choose to relocate to South Lombok? Good question! I did choose Lombok but also maybe Lombok chose me, because I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would live at Kuta Beach in Lombok! Are you kidding? Not on my radar. I was offered work here at Kuta but it didn’t work out. As they say, when one door closes (I closed it), another one opens… and it was a really big door. The first morning I went to the beach and I could not believe that I have ended up here in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. It’s an exciting time to be in South Lombok. Investment here is very strong and development is really taking off. The very early stages of the Mandalika Resort project are actually happening and the potential of the area is very high. So what is KutaCon and what role does it play in this development? Basically, we’re an integrated construction and consulting services company. We offer our clients a total package of services from Site and Project Feasibility, Environmental Impact Studies, Design Concept, Architectural & Interior Design, Town Planning, Surveying, Engineering, Full Documentation, Construction, Project Management, Legal and Financial Services, through to Project Completion. As soon as I started working on construction projects here, I realised that there was a need for skills to be developed. I come from a background of Australian building techniques and standards, so I saw the need to develop skilled workers who adhere to a standard of quality and could benefit from learning some of the techniques used internationally. Building products were another area that needed improvement. For example:

concrete building blocks. The locallymade products varied greatly in quality and strength, with manufacturers usually skimping on cement and using too much sand in their mix. Therefore we set up our own manufacturing plant to ensure that all the building blocks were of uniform strength and quality. Also, although there are many wonderful resources available in Indonesia, many building materials that we take for granted in our own countries were simply not available here. Now we work with international manufacturers in the supply and distribution of quality building products and systems including QPanel, Parador Timber Flooring, Prospec Marathon Cubicle and Locker Systems, East Asia Granite & Marble, Tele-Pier Telescopic Post and Head for sub-floor framing on steep sites; to name a few. KutaCon has now expanded to include a real estate division, property management services and our building products division. We are also expanding our client base from South Lombok to other areas in Lombok, including projects under development on Gili Trawangan. So you employ local people and teach them to build to international standards? We employ many local workers because we believe in supporting the local labour force. However, because we commit to design and build to the BCA (Building Code of Australia) we now manufacture our own building products in the village and import products to balance the mix of local knowledge and international quality that we guarantee our clients. So we employ local people in manufacturing our building products and employ other workers to carry out construction. We actually train local workers and develop contracting teams that we then use for all of our projects. Since coming to Lombok, what do you see as the special challenges and specific requirements faced by investors in Lombok? Yes, there are many challenges faced by investors who are trying to invest here on Lombok. They include cultural differences, understanding the property ownership rules, dealing with government departments, speaking a different language, due diligence, what are the actual rules of buying and selling land, etc. One of our strengths is that we offer a “one stop shop” where a client comes to us and we develop a brief of what they want,

and then we make it happen within our company. Our clients can then return to their country, knowing that their project, land acquisition, or development will be completed to all of the requirements here on Lombok and in accordance with the Indonesian Government regulations. We can also organise company registrations and residency (KITAS) visas, etc. Our clients are often sophisticated international investors who have a clear understanding of what they want and know how to achieve their expectations. They are used to buying “off the plan”. They may have a number of properties in other countries and travel to Lombok for one or two months every year. These clients are looking for experienced and professional “western-style” companies who can handle all the details for them. That’s what KutaCon specialises in. South Lombok is slated for major development in the near future but there are those who worry about mass development of such a pristine and natural area. How do you preserve the integrity of the South Lombok environment? Because I live here, I share those concerns. We do not develop for the sake of developing, as this brings many problems for the local residents as well as the environment. We control our designs in line with the highest Western environmental standards and practices. We are sympathetic in our consideration of how and what we do with the environment, and we use modern construction systems that have minimal impact on the environment. Wherever possible, our projects blend with the environment and are designed to suit local conditions. Lastly, what do you see for the future of South Lombok, and Kuta in particular? I see Kuta Lombok and the mid-south coast as being one of the premier destinations in Indonesia for tourism, eco-tourism, property investment, and potentially a number of international events. This will be good news for the communities that live here and currently have a pretty hard life. The boost to the economy, and the creation of jobs in the south, will change the lives of everyone in the area… it’s exciting to be part of that growth!


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Garuda Indonesia Airlines: Departure counters in LOMBOK, BALI & JAKARTA. Airport: Hotel counters outside the airport. BALI: Amardeep Dekor, Amo Spa, Arena Sport Bar & Rest, Asia Collection Tour, Asia Prospects, Asian Trails Tour, Balcony Rest, Bali Mystique, Barb’s Sport Warung, BIMC, Blue Water Express, Bounty Cruises, Caesar Rest & Bar, Cafe Bali, Café Canggu, Café Marzano, Café Seminyak, Café Smorgas, Canggu Club, D Corner Bar & Rest, Double Dutch, Eco Beach Rest, Exotissimo Travel Indonesia, Gili Shop Poppies 1 & 2, Gili Cat Bali, Gloria Jeans Coffee 1 & 2, Go Vacation Tour, Golden Kris Tour, Grocer & Grind, Havana Club Bar & Rest, Jimmy Sport Bar & Rest, Indo-Ned, Junction Bar & Rest, Khaima Rest & Bar, Made’s Warung Kuta & Seminyak, Maya Coffee & Smothie Bar, Ocha Warung, Pacific World, Pacto Tour, Piduh Rest, Poppies bar & Rest, Red Carpet, Sate Bali Rest Echo Beach, Sendok Bar & Rest Legian, Sol Beach Rest, SOS, Sticky Fingers Italiana, The Cameng Bar & Rest, The Porch Cafe, The Wicked Parrot, Ultimo Bar & Rest, Vila Lumbung, Warung Bale Bali, Warung Bonita, Warung Eropa, Warung Italia, Warung Kolega, Warung Made Bar & Rest, Warung Max, Warung Sulawesi, White Sands Rest & Bar, Yut’s Place Rest. MATARAM: Blue Bird Taxi, Citramulia Travel, CV Ananta Guna Lestari, CV Tunggal Jaya, Depo Jaya Bangunan, Global Export Services, Harapan Keluarga Hospital, Losmen Tjabe Merah, Mataram Mall (Delicio Café, Hero Supermarket, Joli Sourire Dental Care, KFC, McDonalds, Oceanic Café), Melissa Bakery, Nur Hikmah Pearls, NTB Museum, Pisa Kafe, Redwood Café, Sekolah Nusa Alam, Sinta Pest Control, The Berugaq, Toko Susana. SOUTH LOMBOK: Bumbangku, Secret Island Resort. NORTH LOMBOK: Medana Bay Marina. SENGGIGI: Alfa Mart, Anna’s Giftshop, Asmara Restaurant, Bumbu Cafe, Blue Marlin Senggigi, Café Alberto, Cafe Lombi, Ciokolata, d’Oria Boutique Hotel, De Quake, Deli Senggigi, Dream Divers, Dream Estate, Gandrung, Graha Beach Senggigi Hotel, Holiday Resort, Kebun Villas, Living Asia, Lombok Property & Villas, Lombok Real Estate, Marshander Spa & Salon, Meat Mart, Orchid Spa, Papa Besar Cafe, Papaya Cafe, Puri Furniture, Puri Bunga Cottages, Puri Mas Boutique Resort, Qunci Villas, Rambo Petshop, Royal Spa, Senggigi Jaya Abadi Supermarket, Square Restaurant, Stars Cafe, Temptations, The Beach Club, The Chandi, The Office, Windy Beach Resort. GILI T: Blue Marlin Dive, Blue Water Cruises, Coco’s, Desa Dunia Beda, Egoiste, Gili T Resort, Gili Getaway, ko-komo Resort, Pesona Resort, Hotel Vila Ombak, Manta Dive, Ombak Sunset, Scallywags, The Beach House, The Trawangan. GILI MENO: Blue Marlin Dive, Divine Divers, Mahamaya, Tropical Hideaways Resort. GILI AIR: Scallywags, The Beach Club. SUMBAWA: Mini Mart, Newmont Mining Site. Special thanks to our contributors: Barbara Lucas Cahyadi, Dian Cahyadi, Didik Hariadi, Iwan Haryanto, Iain Kent, Koes Nadi, Lombok Photographer, Printed by PT. Temprina Media Grafika, Denpasar, Bali Copyright © 2012. All rights reserved. Nothing in The Lombok Guide can be reproduced in whole or part without written permission from the publisher.

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General Information (Directory Assistance): (0370) 108 BANK / ATM Bank Central Asia (BCA) Jl. Pejanggik No.67, Mataram, Lombok Phone: 0370 632588, Fax: 0370 622347 ATMs - Jl. Raya Senggigi, Senggigi, W. Lombok - Mataram Mall, Mataram, W. Lombok - MGM Plaza, Jl. AA Gede Ngurah, Mataram - Jl. Airlangga, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl. Jendral Sudirman, Praya, C. Lombok - Jl. Langko, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl Raya Senggigi (Senggigi Square) Bank Danamon Indonesia Jl. Pejanggik No.117, Mataram, W. Lombok Phone: 0370 631322, Fax: 0370 633068 ATMs - Jl. Koperasi 1, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl. Raya Senggigi, Senggigi, W. Lombok - Komplek Ruko B1, Sweta, W. Lombok Bank International Indonesia (BII) Jl. AA Gede Ngurah No.48, Mataram, W. Lombok. Phone: 0370 635027, 633347 ATMs - Jl. Airlangga No.25, Mataram, Lombok - Mataram Mall, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl. Raya Senggigi, Senggigi, W. Lombok Bank Mandiri Jl. Pejanggik No.20-22, Mataram, W. Lombok. Phone: 0370 631311 ATMs - Jl. Pejanggik No.20, Cakranegara, Lombok - Jl. Taruna Jaya, Mataram, W. Lombok - Mataram Mall, Mataram, W. Lombok - Selaparang Airport, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl Raya Senggigi (In Front of Santosa) Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) Jl. Langko No.64, Mataram, W. Lombok Jl. Raya Senggigi, W. Lombok Phone: 0370 631046, Fax: 0370 631005 ATMs - Jl. Langko No.64, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl. Pejanggik No.68, Mataram, W.Lombok - University of Mataram (UNRAM) - Jl. Sandubaya, Sweta, W. Lombok - Jl. Selaparang No.37, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl. Raya Senggigi, W. Lombok - Mataram Mall, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl. Jendral Sudirman 51, Praya, C. Lombok Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) Jl. Pendidikan No.16, Mataram, Lombok Phone: 0370 632246, Fax: 0370 633084 ATMs - Jl. Airlangga, Mataram, W. Lombok - Mataram Mall, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl. Pahlawan No.92, Selong, E. Lombok MEDICAL / HEALTH CARE Medika Husada Clinic Jl Raya Senggigi. Phone: 0370 6644820 HOSPITALS Rumah Sakit Harapan Keluarga Jl Ahmad Yani 9 Selagalas. Ph: 6177000, 670000. Emergency (24hrs): 6177009. Mataram Public Hospital (Rumah Sakit Umum Mataram) Jl. Pejanggik No.6, Mataram, W. Lombok Phone: 0370 623498 / 6604605 New Mataram Public Hospital (Rumah Sakit Umum Mataram) Jl. Bung Karno 1 Mataram. Phone: 0370 645045 Central Lombok Public Hospital Jl. Jendral Basuki Rachmad, Praya, Central Lombok. Phone: 0370 654007 East Lombok Public Hospital Jl. Professor M. Yamin No. 55, Selong, East Lombok. Phone: 0376 21680

Biomedika Clinic Jl. Bung Karno 143 Mataram. Phone: 0370 645137 Risa Clinic Jl. Pejanggik 115 Cakranegara. Phone: 0370 625560 / 632117

Fire Brigade: Phone. 0370 672013. In emergency call 113 Hospital UGD (Emergency Unit Service): Phone: 0370 622254 Ambulance: Phone. 0370 623498. In emergency call 118

DENTAL drg. Farida Istiarini, Sp.Ort (Joli Sourire Dental Care) Mataram Mall. Jl. Pejanggik, Cakranegara. Ph: 0370 668 1797 drg. Lina Kulsum Jl. Gunung Dieng No.7, Mataram, Lombok Phone: 0818536236 / 0370 632131

TAXIS Blue Bird Taxi, Phone: 0370 627000

MONEY CHANGERS Multigraha Kelolavalas - Jl. Rasa Senggigi km.10, Senggigi, W. Lombok, Ph; 0370 693693 - Jl. Pejanggik No.1, Mataram, W. Lombok, Ph: 0370 631567 Multigraha Valas Jl. Saleh Sungkar No.1 Ampenan, W. Lombok, Ph: +62 370 624045 PT. Bali Mispintjira Jl. Raya Senggigi km.13, Senggigi, West Lombok, Ph: 0370 692247, 0370 692247 SHOPPING Senggigi Abadi Supermarket Jl. Raya Senggigi, Km.8.5, Senggigi, West Lombok. Phone: 0370 693311 Senggigi Jaya Supermarket Jl. Raya Senggigi, Km.8, Senggigi, West Lombok. Phone: 0370 693530 Alfa Mart Jl Raya Senggigi Indomaret Jl Raya Senggigi Art Market (Pasar Seni) - Jl. Raya Senggigi, Senggigi West Lombok - Gili Trawangan, West Lombok Barata Department Store Jl. Niaga II, Ampenan, West Lombok Phone: 0370 646123 Grand Store Mataram Mall, 3rd floor, Jl. Pejanggik, Cakranegara, W. Lombok. Ph: 0370 629931 Hero Supermarket Mataram Mall, 1st floor, Jl. Pejanggik, Cakranegara, W. Lombok. Ph: 0370 629918 Tiara Department Store Mataram Mall, 1st & 2nd floor, Jl. Pejanggik, Cakranegara, West Lombok Phone: 0370 629902 Kharisma Book Shop Mataram Mall, 2nd floor, Jl. Pejanggik, Cakranegara, West Lombok Phone: 0370 629875 Ruby Supermarket Jl. Pejanggik No.111, Cakranegara, West Lombok. Phone: 0370 631092 Jembatan Baru Supermarket Jl. Pejanggik No.41, Cakranegara, West Lombok. Phone: 0370 636106 MGM Plaza Jl. AA Gede Ngurah No.98, Cakranegara, West Lombok. Phone: 0370 646007 EMERGENCY Senggigi Tourism Police: Jl. Raya Senggigi, Phone. 00370 693267 Lombok Regional Police: Jl. Gajah Mada No. 7 Ampenan. Call this emergency number: 110

IMMIGRATION Jl. Udayana, Mataram, Phone: 0370 632520 PUBLIC SERVICES ELECTRICITY PLN Mataram. Ph: 0370 632182 PLN Senggigi. Ph: 0370 693535 WATER PDAM Mataram. Ph: 0370 632 510 PDAM Senggigi. Ph: 0370 693886 POST OFFICES Mataram: Jl. Sriwijaya, Phone. 0370 632645 Senggigi: Jl. Raya, Phone. 0370 693711 CONSULATES AUSTRALIA (incl. New Zealand, Canada) Phone: 0361 241118, Fax: 0361 221195, Email: BRAZIL Phone: 0361 757775, Fax: 0361 751005. Email: BRITAIN Phone: 0361 270601, Fax: 0361 287804, Email: CHILE Phone: 0361 756781, Fax: 0361 756783. Email: CZECH REPUBLIC Phone: 0361 286465, Fax: 0361 286408. Email: DENMARK & NORWAY Phone: 0361 701070, Fax: 0361 701073/4, Email: FINLAND & SWEDEN Phone: 0361 288407, Fax: 0361 287242. Email: FRANCE Phone: 0361 285485, Fax: 0361 286406, Email: GERMANY Phone: 0361 288535, Fax: 0361 288826, Email: HUNGARY Phone: 0361 287701, Fax: 0361 287456. Email: ITALY Phone: 0361 701005. Email: JAPAN Phone: 0361 227628, Fax: 0361 265066. Email: SPAIN Phone: 0361 975736, Fax: 0361 975726, Email: SWITZERLAND & AUSTRIA Phone: 0361 751735, Fax: 0361 754457. Email: THAILAND Phone: 0361 263310, Fax: 0361 238044 THE NETHERLANDS Phone: 0361 761502, Fax: 0361 752777, Email: USA Ph: 0361 233605, Fax: 0361 222426. Email:

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The Gili Islands Unique tropical escapes!

Gili Trawangan

Although previously popular mainly with backpackers, the Gilis now attract a diverse range of visitors – serious diving enthusiasts, sun-seekers looking for the perfect beach getaway, singles, families, and couples of all ages find something to attract them to the Gilis.

Three perfect coral islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air – fringed with white sands and swaying palm trees, lay in the sparkling ocean just off the north-west coast of Lombok. Every year the Gilis attract tens of thousands of visitors from around the world for their pristine waters, great diving and snorkelling opportunities, and laidback charm. The word Gili actually means “small island”, and so these islands have come to be known as “The Gilis” by travellers. The Gilis are Lombok’s most popular islands and are consistently rated as top SEA island destinations by travellers and travel publications.

There is a good selection of accommodations, restaurants and bars on all three islands, with the biggest range on Gili Trawangan. While nobody comes to the Gilis for shopping, each island has many small shops selling essentials such as sunscreen, mosquito repellent, toiletries, cold drinks, snacks and more. In addition, there are cheap clothing and t-shirts, sarongs and local handicrafts stalls. Activities include walking, riding bikes, horse riding and kayaking on Gili T, yoga, massage and beauty treatments,

glass bottom boat trips and island hopping, live-aboard dive trips and cruises to nearby islands, fishing, sailing, surfing and all kinds of water-based activities. The islands provide ample opportunities for visitors to swim, relax, sunbathe, explore, snorkel or scuba dive with the many internationally accredited dive operators based in Lombok. Snorkelling is easy in the calm waters directly off the beaches, with plenty of colourful fish to see. At greater depths and at specific dive locations around the three islands, the pristine waters are home to an abundant variety of corals, aquatic life and thousands of species of tropical fish. Continued on Page 81

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Gili Trawangan by Didiek Hariadi

There are numerous fast boat services operating between Bali and the Gilis. In good weather, fast boats can make the crossing in around 80 minutes but in heavy seas the trip can take two hours or more. Make sure you choose a reputable company who care about passenger comfort and safety, rather than “pack them in and profit”. Check weather conditions before going – the Lombok Strait is one of the deepest bodies of water in the world and seas can get very rough, with waves up to 5 metres in bad weather. Refuse to board overloaded boats. It is also possible to fly to Lombok and transfer to the Gilis from the mainland. See “Getting to Lombok” and “Getting to the Gilis” sections for details. Electricity on all three Gilis is supplied by generators and blackouts are sometimes a problem. Many places have their own emergency generators but the smaller businesses may rely on candles and lanterns when the power goes out. Water is a scarce resource on the islands and fresh water is shipped from the mainland daily. A business on Gili T now supplies desalinated water and fresh water showers are becoming common. However, smaller hotels and home-stays may only

provide salt water showers. Use bottled water to rinse off. The tap water on all the islands is not suitable for drinking but bottled water is cheap and readily available. Internet is available on the Gilis at internet cafés and most larger hotels and restaurants. Connections can be intermittent and speeds are generally slow. ATM machines are available on Gili Trawangan and Gili Air. Credit cards are accepted at most dive shops and larger hotels and restaurants. Money changers are available on all the islands, although the rate is lower than on Lombok. Health services on the islands are limited. There is a 24-hour Clinic at Hotel Vila Ombak on Gili T, and small local clinics on Gili Meno and Air. Dive shop staff have emergency first aid training and basic medical supplies but for anything serious, get to the mainland as fast as possible. Weather is generally hotter on the islands than mainland Lombok. Make sure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and use sun protection, even on cloudy days. There is no motorised transport on any of the islands. Walk, ride a bicycle or ride in a cidomo (local horse cart). None of

the islands is very large, so walking is an easy option. Bicycles can be hired for between Rp 25,000 and Rp 50,000 per day, depending on the type and condition of the bike. Some hotels provide bikes free of charge for guests. Cidomo fares are now fixed by law and fares are displayed in the front of the cart. Generally, short distances will cost around Rp 40,000; a round-the-island tour costs Rp 125,000 on Gili T. Dress is casual on the islands and it is normal to see tourists walking around in swimsuits, sarongs and shorts. Remember that the islands’ residents are Muslim and nude or topless sunbathing is frowned upon. Please respect island sensibilities and keep clothes on! Mosquitoes can sometimes be a problem, especially during rainy season. DEET repellents are the best protection and local products such as “Autan” and “OFF!” are relatively cheap and readily available in the shops. The Gili Eco Trust (GET) is a non-profit organisation based on Gili T that works to protect and conserve the environment. GET activities include reef conservation, resource management, waste management and education programmes, to name a few. To date, the Eco Trust has installed 63 Bio Rock structures around the islands. The metal frame structures create artificial reefs using low voltage current to promote new coral growth and provide homes for schools of fish and reef creatures. The Eco Trust raises funds for its programmes through an Eco-tax of Rp 50,000 collected from divers on the islands. Clean-up days, to collect rubbish from the beach and sea, take place on the first Friday of every month on Gili T. Register at Gili T dive shops and join in the fun! To find out more about Eco-projects and to support GET programmes, visit:

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environmental awareness, exist on all three islands. Each Gili has developed independently and at different paces, giving each a different “personality” or style, and catering to different types of holidaymakers and travellers. This means that travellers have a good choice, depending on their individual tastes and what type of island escape they prefer. Gili Trawangan is the most developed and popular of the three, with the greatest range of facilities and activities; while Gili Air has a relaxed, laid-back style and An impressive array of sea life can be seen, including green and hawksbill turtles, morays, barracuda, reef sharks, occasionally leopard sharks and manta rays, and much more. Visibility is very good and commonly in the 15-30 m range; and water temperatures average 23°C (73°F) to 29°C (84°F).

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Currents around the islands can be quite strong and drift diving is the norm. Many of the popular dive companies are owned and operated by westerners and PADI and SSI licensed dive operators, with professional standards of safety and

is popular with couples and families. Gili Meno is the quietest of the three, perfect for really getting away from it all. Choose the island that suits you most, or it’s easy to combine an island-hopping holiday to sample the best of all three!


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The Gilis are easily reached from Bali via the numerous fast boat services now operating between Bali and Gili Trawangan. Alternatively, you can fly to Lombok and travel across to the Gilis.

Fast Boats: With Lombok’s airport now based further away in central Lombok, the fast boat services are a popular option, providing fast and easy transfers between Bali to Gili Trawangan. The crossing between the islands can be treacherous in bad weather, so choose a reliable operator and avoid companies that practice “over loading” in busy times. Blue Water Express, operated by Blue Water Safaris, provides transfers between Bali and Gili Trawangan. BWS operates two boats, with 28 and 30 passenger capacities, departing from Serangan (near Benoa Harbour) at 8am and 10am, and from Padang Bai Harbour at 11.15am every day. Return transfer from Gili Trawangan is at 11am. Fares include air conditioned hotel transfers in Bali. Ph: (0361) 841 3421-24 / 0813 3841 8988.

FROM TELUK NARA AND TELUK KODEK: Teluk Nara is a large peaceful bay on the west coast, about 25 minutes’ drive north of Senggigi. Most of the dive companies and many businesses on the Gilis have their boats moored in the bay and transfer guests to the islands every day from Teluk Nara. Gili Cat, Blue Water Express and Island Getaway also operate fast boat services between Lombok and Bali from this harbour. It is possible to negotiate private boat trips (including fast speed boats) out to the islands with local boat owners here, thereby avoiding the hassles of Bangsal. At the northern end of the bay is Teluk Kodek, where Vila Ombak, The Beach House, ko ko mo and Scallywags have bases for transferring their guests by speedboat to the Gilis.

Gili Getaway is a comfortable fast boat departing from Benoa Harbour, Bali (only 20 mins from Kuta) daily at 8am. The crossing takes around 2 hours to Gili Trawangan and Teluk Kodek on Lombok. Ph Bali: (0361) 751570 / 726 523; or Bali: 0819 1673 3051; Gili T: 0878 6432 2515. is an online booking service offering easy reservations with the leading fast boat operators between Bali and Lombok. Availability checks, schedules and e-ticketing, as well as accommodation options and more, are all available online from their website: By Plane: Fly to Lombok and either stay on the mainland before making a trip out to the Gilis or travel to Senggigi (1 hour 15 minutes) to arrange transport to the Gilis. There are many different options, as described below. Tour companies and dive operators in Senggigi also provide transfers daily. HOTEL TRANSFERS: Many of the larger hotels on the islands now provide speedboat transfers for guests, as well as pick up services from the airport – enquire when you make your booking.

MENTIGI BAY: Also on the west coast, a few kilometres before Teluk Nara, Mentigi Bay is a base for Blue Water Cruises. The company offers relaxing day cruises around the Gilis onboard a beautiful traditional phinisi boat, with plenty of opportunities for swimming and snorkelling. Boats depart daily at 9am. There is a small café at the bay and a variety of fun water sport options available. Blue Water Cruises also operate regular cruises to Komodo Island and other islands to the east, as well as dive and cruise packages. Visit their website for details:

Be aware that public boats leave when there are enough passengers to warrant the trip, so you may have to wait for a while. Best times are between 8am and 4pm. If you don’t want to wait, it doesn’t cost very much to charter a boat, especially if you have a few people in your group. Don’t let anyone carry your bags or, if they offer to carry baggage, negotiate a price first. Ignore people who tell you that there are no return public transfers… there are; or that there is no water, mosquito repellent, etc., on the islands. All the essentials are readily available at shops on all three islands. Bangsal is a pretty area; it’s a shame some of the touts try to ruin it for everyone. If you get stuck at the harbour in the evening, there are some basic home-stays on the road from the beach. Arnel is a nice option with pretty rooms at reasonable prices. The attached Salero Minang restaurant serves delicious Minang meals and the friendly owners can help with everything from vehicle hire to travel information and laundry services. FROM SENGGIGI: You can charter local outrigger boats from the beachfront in Senggigi (in front of the Art Markets). The trip out to the islands takes around one and a half hours. The journey up the coast in the morning is very scenic, but you may get wet on the way back. Make sure you negotiate a price with the boatman first!

FROM BANGSAL HARBOUR: Catch a taxi or bemo to Bangsal Harbour, the small harbour on the north-west coast, about 30 minutes from Senggigi.

A good alternative is to check out the many dive centres on the main street in Senggigi who offer reasonable rates for transfers, usually including pick up from your hotel.

Public ferries (really just large outrigger boats) depart regularly to all three islands and charters are available, with prices depending on the number of passengers and your bargaining skills.

Arranging snorkelling and dive trips inclusive of island transfers is a good way to save time, money and hassles.

Unfortunately, the area is plagued by touts and scams, so ignore them and head directly to the ticket office on the beachfront. Public ferry and charter boat prices are posted clearly on the wall of the ticket office.

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The most well-known and popular of the three Gilis, Gili Trawangan is the largest island and the furthest from the mainland, but easily reached in less than an hour by local boat and only 10 minutes by speedboat from Lombok.

and Bali, together with singles, couples and families from all over the world.

The island itself is around 3km long and 2km wide, so walking is easy and you can cycle around the island in around 1 1/2 hours (but will need to get off and push Previously tagged “the party island” by the your bike through sandy sections on the Lonely Planet, Gili T (as it is affectionately west side). known) has moved on and up. This is the only Gili to rise significantly above sea level and the hill in the south Gone are the days when backpackers is a great lookout from which to enjoy flocked to the island for Rp 20,000 a the spectacular sunsets across the ocean night huts on the beach and Rp 5,000 to Bali; or in the mornings, the brilliant Bintang beers. Today, Gili T has a sleek sunrise over Gunung Rinjani on mainland sophisticated side that becomes more Lombok. evident every year. That’s not to say that the original charms that attracted tourists in the beginning are gone. The perfect white sand beaches, clear turquoise waters and laid-back island style are still there in buckets.

On the far south end of the hill are the remnants of old WWII Japanese gun emplacements and crumbling bunkers, but the hand-dug tunnels have been blocked up.

But the island has cast off its grungy origins and now combines the best of a tropical island paradise with a touch of chic and all the mod cons of a top holiday destination.

The main development on the island is on the east coast, particularly southeast in the area called “Sentral”, where the boats dock. The tracks inland are through coconut groves and pockets of development.

Gili T still hosts backpackers and budget travellers, but these days they are joined by expatriates and trendsetters from Java

Development runs all along the east coast with swish places rubbing shoulders with


the older bars and accommodations. The north coast is quieter and offers peaceful alternatives to the central area. Such is the appeal of the island, the south and west coasts are now dotted with small hotels, home-stays, private villas and a couple of larger resorts. This part of the island is the quietest and, although the beaches aren’t as nice as those on the east, the sunsets looking across to Bali are magical. Accommodation on Gili T ranges from basic home stays to luxury hotels and villas. The old style bungalows with woven bamboo walls and thatched roofs are slowly disappearing, to be replaced by simple cottages with western style bathrooms to suit the budget crowd. At the other end of the scale, boutique hotels and luxurious villas boast all the comforts of 5 star resorts, including designer furnishings, private swimming pools or Jacuzzis, WiFi internet, iPod docks, satellite TV and DVD. Restaurants rival Bali in quality, if not numbers. There are lounges and sophisticated bars, Internet cafés, movie “theatres” and beachside cafés galore. Most restaurants and bars are located along the east coast, although the north coast has some lovely low-key options. Dining choices range from the typical Indonesian nasi goreng to sushi; barbecued seafood on the beach to international fine dining; and everything between. There is a lively bar scene at night and the island has a rotating party roster, where some of the top places have licences to host a party on one night of the week (hence the “party island” reputation). These, and the full moon parties that take place on the beach during high season, are a big draw-card for the crowds of younger people who come to the island.

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87 There is a good surf break on the south coast with a fast right-hander that really pumps in the right conditions. Local surfers will happily lead the way and rent you a board.

Continued from Page 85 For those who prefer quieter entertainment, there are sophisticated dining opportunities, particularly at places such as ko ko mo, Scallywags Resort, and on the beachfront at Hotel Vila Ombak. Cocos has an upbeat café scene during the day and Horizontal is the coolest place to chill out, day or night. The social options are virtually unlimited.

The best snorkelling on the island starts on the northern end of the east coast, where you can wade to the reef just offshore. The water is calm and there is a drift from north to south, making it easy to lie on the surface and float down the coral outcrops. Although much of the coral is damaged, there is still an abundant variety of tropical fish species to enjoy and patches of colourful coral.

These days, Gili T is a serious tourist destination with a good infrastructure and range of tourist facilities. Many of the larger restaurants, hotels and dive shops accept credit cards; there are ATM’s in front of Vila Ombak on the east coast and further north, near Horizontal, as well as on the west side at Ombak Sunset. Internet cafés with Wifi are readily available, as are money-changers, tour operators and a large number of fast boat services. There is a tennis club and fitness centre at Kelapa Villas and a medical centre at Vila Ombak with emergency facilities and a doctor on call.

Horses can be hired from The Stud on the southeast coast; sea kayaking is available at Karma Kayak on the north coast; yoga, meditation, massages and other health and beauty treatments are available at numerous places around the island. There is even shopping at the Pasar Seni (Art Markets) in Sentral and at any number of shops and kiosks all around the island, selling everything from pearls to sarongs to hammocks. Innuendo has some upmarket resort wear and Silver Dragon sells beautiful silver jewellery. But it is the beaches and the diving that remain the main draw card for Gili T. People flock here to sunbathe on white sand beaches and swim in clean blue waters, to dive the fabulous reefs and to bask in the hedonistic pleasures of a tropical paradise.

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Further off shore, the island is famed for its vast gardens of coral and is one of the best dive spots in Lombok, which is why thousands of divers visit Gili T every year. It is also one of the safest and easiest places to learn to scuba dive, with warm water temperatures, calm seas and excellent visibility almost all year round. There is a very good selection of professional western-operated dive shops and a range of dive locations suitable for beginners through to thrill seekers. It’s been a slow evolution over the past 20 years for Gili Trawangan, but the island’s time has come. While the backpackers will no doubt lament, there’s a whole new scene unfolding on Gili T. A world-class tourism destination is emerging – without the traffic and pollution – set down on an idyllic tropical island.

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under the star-filled skies. There is no rowdy bar scene and no noisy full moon parties here. Like all the Gilis, the best swimming beaches and most tourist facilities (including boat docking and departure) are along the east coast. Although there are small places dotted all around the island, many of the hotels and restaurants are located along the southeastern coast, with beautiful views over Gili Air and Mt Rinjani to the east. It is possible to walk around the whole island on a small beachside track in around 90 minutes. Those seeking total tranquillity head to the north and west coasts, where more development has been quietly taking place over the past year. Mahamaya on the northwest coast has the most luxurious accommodation on the island, with two exclusive beachfront villas and more planned for later in the year. The restaurant is earning accolades for top quality cuisine served in the shady dining area or at pretty tables on the beachfront. Stylish rooms and personalised service make Mahamaya popular with honeymooners and those seeking luxe island escapes.

Gili Meno is the middle and the smallest of the three Gili Islands, with the lowest population and the least number of visitors. The island has not developed as quickly as Gili T or Gili Air and suffered unpopularity when, in the mid-90’s, The Lonely Planet wrote that the salt lake on the island created mosquito problems. This was untrue – mosquitoes are no more prevalent on Gili Meno than anywhere else – but the damage was done. Many would say that the bad publicity was a blessing in disguise. Today, Meno

is probably the prettiest of the three Gilis, with the laid-back and uncomplicated charm of a true castaway tropical island. The water surrounding the island is clear turquoise and the beaches are covered in brilliant white sand, fringed with groves of coconut palms. Although investors are steadily buying up land, especially on the west coast facing Gili T, there is no major development on the island as yet. There are a few upmarket villas, but no large resorts. Fortunately, much of the investment taking place here is low-key and – perhaps recognising the pristine nature of the island – development tends to be along environmentally and ecologically sound concepts. For now, small hotels and basic beachside bungalows provide accommodation for those seeking a peaceful place in the sun with un-crowded beaches, clean waters and peaceful nights

Good mid-range options include Tropical Hideaways and Adeng-Adeng. Tropical Hideaways, located a short stroll from the best beaches on the east coast, has comfortable and modern air conditioned rooms and a good restaurant and bar, serving delicious and well-priced meals. Set in shady gardens, Tropical Hideaways has one of the few swimming pools on the island. Adeng-Adeng is a new resort being developed along ecological lines on the north coast. Rooms and dining pavilions are set on unique islands surrounded by small canals in a pretty garden shaded by conifers. Continued on Page 91

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91 There is also good snorkelling off the west coast near the now-defunct Bounty Resort. Swim out to where the old pontoon has sunk and become a home for many fish. Inland from the beaches, the island is quite dry with small homes scattered through the coconut groves. In the middle, toward the west coast, is a salt lake from which the local people still harvest salt on a small scale. It can be quite full in rainy season but dries up in the summer. Also inland, on the main track from the east coast, Gili Meno Bird Park has some tropical birds and a few interesting animals. There is accommodation here and a great display of Beatles memorabilia collected by the owner.

Continued from Page 89 Accommodation includes air conditioning and lovely open-air bathrooms, while the garden café and beachfront bar are already attracting popularity for excellent quality cocktails and delicious freshly-prepared meals. There is good snorkelling in front of Adeng-Adeng and along the northwest

coast, where it is often possible to see Green, Leatherback and Hawksbill turtles.

Casual beachfront cafés and bars serve Indonesian and popular western meals, with fresh fish and wood-fired pizzas being Gili Meno specialties.

To swim with the turtles – these huge creatures that are so awkward and ungainly on land but move through their natural element with a breath-taking dignity and grace – is perhaps the most special underwater experience of all and a major reason for visiting Gili Meno.

Some provide low-key entertainment in the evenings, more so in the high season, but visitors to Gili Meno largely come for romantic escapes and a chance to rejuvenate in the natural beauty of the island’s deserted beaches, which some argue are the best of all three Gilis.

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90 minutes to circle the whole island. The interior is criss-crossed with a maze of tracks that can get confusing, but all lead back to the beach. There is a good surf break with a barrelling right hander known as “Play Gili” off the south coast that attracts crowds when it is pumping. It breaks over sharp coral, so check with local surfers about conditions and board hire. Diving opportunities abound and there is a good selection of reliable dive operators on the island, including Blue Marlin, Dream Divers, Oceans 5 and Manta Dive.

Gili Air is the island closest to the mainland and can be reached in around 20 minutes by local boat or five minutes by speedboat. Gili Air has the largest local population of the three islands, combining the charm of a tropical island with access to the people and culture that make Lombok unique. At present, Gili Air is a laid back island with a beachfront lined with simple cafés and bars made from bamboo and thatch. Its main appeal is its unspoilt nature, with few of the swanky restaurants and villas that have sprouted up on Gili T… and that’s why so many people love it. However, with some believing that Gili T is becoming over-developed, Gili Air is taking off as an alternative destination. Over the past couple of years, investors have been snapping up land on Gili Air and a number of up-market accommodations and restaurants have sprung up, with more to open in the next year. Most development is on the east coast and towards the south. Scallywags, who have another popular resort on Gili Trawangan, own Scallywags Organic Beach Club on the southern end of the east coast with excellent swimming in front and a friendly atmosphere. The restaurant has taken island dining to a new level with its excellent menu and guest facilities. Just to the south of Scallywags, the Australian owners of the successful Senggigi business, The Beach Club, opened The Beach Club Gili Air in mid2012 and offer eight charming bungalows, similar to their Senggigi accommodations, with large air conditioned bedrooms, private terraces and semi-open air bathrooms. The bar and restaurant serves aboveaverage meals and the beachfront here is a great place for lounging during the day, or

upmarket dining in the evening. Existing accommodation on the island is generally simple and until now, has mainly been the domain of the backpacker crowd; although the Gili Air Hotel on the north of the island has a variety of rooms and a swimming pool. Oceans 5, on the south coast, is a well-managed resort with above-average rooms, a good restaurant and swimming pool. Manta Dive has nice air-conditioned bungalows and a swimming pool. Many of the older places offer thatchroofed bungalows with basic amenities, close to white sand beaches and at relatively low prices. There is a good variety of small restaurants and beachside cafés on the island, with many offering traditional Indonesian dishes and basic western fare. The beach barbecues with freshly caught fish are particularly good. The bar scene can get pretty lively in the evenings and, during high season, the island kicks into high gear with Full Moon parties on the beach. Popular places include Chillout Bar and Zipp Bar. Activities include walking and cycling around the island, sun bathing, and swimming, snorkelling and diving in the crystal clear waters. Yoga and meditation, together with relaxing massages and body treatments, are available at H2O Yoga and Meditation. For exploring, there is a path running parallel to the beach and it takes around

The calm waters and good visibility make Gili Air an ideal place to learn to dive or to upgrade diving skills. There are a number of popular dive sites that attract divers from the other Gilis, including Air Wall off the west coast, Hans Reef and Frogfish Point off the north coast. The water surrounding the island is of a colour hard to describe – a clear, translucent turquoise, made even more pure by the sparkling white sand beneath. Gili Air still boasts living reefs off much of its coast and there is wonderful snorkelling directly from the shore, particularly from the east and northeast beaches. The coral starts within metres of the beach, making it easily accessible to anyone – even novices who have never snorkelled before. Because the island is protected by reefs, there are few waves and the ocean is amazingly gentle, allowing snorkellers to drift in a dreamy daze above this panorama of aquatic shapes and colours. As is the case on all the Gilis, there are no cars or motorbikes allowed on the island, thus there is no pollution to spoil the clean air and the peaceful atmosphere. The views from all points of the island are stunning but the east coast, facing Lombok, is probably the most fantastic – looking back at the big island with its white beaches and green mountains dominated by the volcano, Mt Rinjani.

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The Lombok Guide Issue 129  

Issue 129 ~ Lombok's most comprehensive tourism paper and your guide to the best that the island has to offer!

The Lombok Guide Issue 129  

Issue 129 ~ Lombok's most comprehensive tourism paper and your guide to the best that the island has to offer!